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My 2012 200 keeps blowing the brake light fuse, car will not

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my 2012 200 keeps blowing the brake light fuse, car will not shift.
I have replaced the brake light switch already.
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Chrysler
Expert:  Gary replied 5 months ago.

Hi Rick,

Does your car have a towbar?

I would take out the brake light bulbs out, and see if the fuse still blows.

You could have a faulty bulb.

Gary

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Car does not have a towbar, tail lamps are good,the vehicle will go 2 or 3 days with out blowing the fuse. it seems to blow the fuse on hot days. were would I find the ground wire for the brake light/shifter circuit. Is it possible there is a loose ground?
My 200 cant be the only one with this problem,just cant find someone who knows what needs to be done!Thankyou
Expert:  Gary replied 5 months ago.

Hi Rick,

I can't find a common problem like yours, but I have seen intermittent bulb faults, and shiftlock solenoids.

Can you check the "fit" of the fuse in the fusebox, and whether the fuse itself gets warm after sitting with your foot on the brake?

Keep your foot on the brake and move the shifter in and out of park.

Can you tell me the fuse value, and do you have a digital voltmeter to measure current?

Gary

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Gary, it has a 10amp fuse and with peddle depressed volt meter reads 14 volts
Expert:  Gary replied 5 months ago.

Hi Rick,

Your car has two LED taillights, a CHMSL (centre high mount stop lamp), and a shift lock solenoid.

With the 10 amp in the engine bay, I'm out of info as to what is your problem.

I'll opt out, another tech will be along shortly.

No need to respond as it will bounce the question back to me.

All the best Rick.

Gary

Expert:  Anthony replied 5 months ago.

Hello!

Is your 200 a v6 or 4 cylinder?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Hello Anthony 4 cylinder
Expert:  Anthony replied 5 months ago.

Did you ever have the engine wiring harness recall ever done on your 200?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I have owned the car 6 months. Did not know of a recall.
Expert:  Anthony replied 5 months ago.

The wiring for the engine and brakes systems under the hood is under a recall. Take your vehicle in to Chrysler and it will be replaced without charge and should handle your problem.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Thankyou, has this just came up? i have not see this recall on the recall site.
Expert:  Anthony replied 5 months ago.

No its about 6 months old but its real. did you put your vin number into the recall site?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
No i did not,just was looking the posted ones.
I will call the dealer tomorrow
Thankyou you have been most helpfulRick
Expert:  Anthony replied 5 months ago.

You are very welcome!