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Old 05-07-2014, 08:16 AM   #1
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Gremlin - Trunk Mounted Tail Light 05 sedan

I am experiencing an odd problem. When I got my car the tail lights in my trunklid were not working due to a bad ground. I have since had the ground re-wired, but now I am seeing an intermittent problem. The right side tail light will sometimes not work.

The bulbs are new and both work 80% of the time. The other day I had the car running and needed to take a few things out of the trunk. Inoticed that the right rear light would go out when i opened the trunk and the dashboard warning light would come on. Then I'd shut the trunk and about 5 second later the light would work again. This was recreatable for three cycles. The other failure mode seems to be warm dry weather.

When this problem began I had inspected the wiring in the "elephant trunk" and everything looked fine. I guess it is possible I have developed a pinched or pierced wire since then. Could it be a failed bulb carrier? Has anyone else experienced a similar problem?
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Old 05-08-2014, 10:30 AM   #2
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Finally dug deeper into the "elephant trunk" and in the process broke one of the yellow wires that power the tail lights. The wire must have been damaged previously. I repaired the wire and everything is now functioning properly.
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