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Tried everything suggested and neither brake light works on 2003 Dodge Durango SXT. I changed all bulbs, the brake switch, the stop light relay, the multi-function switch, fuses and the drivers side top tail light socket. All other lights are working just no brake lights.
Hello, my name is ***** ***** I am a professional here at Just Answer. I have noticed that your question was not getting a response and thought I would see if you still need help with this.I apologize for the delay and I hope I can still assist you with this here.Take you 12 volt test light and or volt meter and at the new break light switch check the voltage at the switch connector on the White/Tan wire with the brake pedal depressed, should be battery voltage. If no power is present, check the Pink/Dark Blue wire for battery voltage from fuse #5 a 20 amp fuse in the Power Distribution Center. Check this and post back with the results and we can work from there.
Will follow your instructions tonight when I get home. I will be using a test light. So, to ensure I do this right, with the brake switch connected, clip the tester to un-painted metal on vehicle, place the test rod into the specified wire, and depress brake. I should get a light, correct?
You can tell I am no expert...!!
Trying hard to not be a pest, I just to verify I understand. I'll be checking both wires at the switch, correct? Not checking Pink/Dark Blue in engine compartment, correct?
Got it! Wish me luck...
Is there a possibility of a quick fix (something I could do tonight) for this type of issue? I'm trying to decide on car rental for tomorrow or not.. .
Very good. Thanks for the quick responses.
The tester lights when I insert into the white/tan wire and it stays lit when I depress the brake pedal. The testor doesn't light up when I insert into the pink/dark blue wire.
The white /tan wire is power out of the break switch going back to the rear lamps, if you have power out of it with the break switch depressed then the switch circuit is fine, that means you have an open in the circuit from the switch back to the lights. See the diagram in the link below. Does your third break light work?https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/104923897/Break%20light%20Jun%208.pdf
No, the third brake light does not work either.
Ok, what's the next step to fix the problem?
Is this something I could/should do or should I take it in to the dealer. What would they charge approximately to fix this problem?
I'm willing to give it a try before tapping out and taking it to the dealer. Is it best to start with the plug connections at the tail light assemblies? Would a short/break at any light cause all three to fail?
Would a short or break at any one brake light connection cause all 3 to fail?
So last night I changed out all bulb recepticles in the right rear driver side light assembly, and checked the white/tan wire at all three brake light locations, to include all segments of the high center light, and all had power running to them. I again checked the wiring at the brake light switch, and the white/tan wire had power with and without brake pedal depressed. I did NOT get a response from the pink/dark blue wire with or without the brake pedal depressed. Again, I have already changed out the #5 20 amp "ST LAMP" fuse.
Although I have changed the brake switch twice, could it be a bad switch and would it be worth exchanging the existing for a third new switch?
Have not been using a voltmeter, just a test light (I think I can find my voltmeter if need be.) Thankfully I left the lower dash cover off in case I needed to go to the switch again...
I will test the wires at the switch again tonight. Any other suggestions or ideas as to the source of the problem or at this point are you stumped too...?
The dealer told me to check the ground.
If I'm reading the schematic correctly I have identified splice S311, located in the rear cargo area, as the 1 common ground wire connection for all 3 brake lights after the brake switch. Can you tell me how to gain access that area? I have no idea how to get those interior cargo area panels off.
Driver side, interior cargo area panel. Search for "Hello Brad, I have a 2003 Durango and I am" on justanswer and you see a picture/schematic within the conversation that shows the S311 location.
I couldn't access C306 but I did get a good ground circuit reading with the test light at both lower tail light assembly connections and the at brake light switch.
I have the flasher module might be the issue. Your thoughts?
Something under the hood? The power block? I'm very frustrated and just starting to guess again...