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Thread: Brake lights and rear turn signal light problems on 88 Chevy pickup

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    Paul E. Ester
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    Default Brake lights and rear turn signal light problems on 88 chevy pickup

    I found out the other day that my brake lights and rear turn signal
    lights weren't working. I've replaced the switch on the brake petal
    and checked all the fuses. Flashers, signals work fine in the front
    but nothing works in the back except the driving/parking lights. Has
    anybody ran into this problem or know what could be causing it?

    Thanks in advance for any help,

    - Paul

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    Jonathan Race
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    Default Brake lights and rear turn signal light problems on 88 chevy pickup

    Yes, I have run into this problem with my former '88 C1500, and here is what
    was at issue for me.

    If you take out either rear light assembly and remove the light bulb holder
    base from the lens, take a close look at each bulb socket very carefully.
    You will notice that the metal ring the bulb seats into to make contact is
    actually only press fit into the plastic socket. The strip of metal from
    the ring that runs down the side of each socket makes contact with the main
    circuit and maintains contact by using pressure only. What happened with
    mine was the point at which both small pieces of metal made contact got
    dirty enough over time to lose continuity, although they still appeared to
    be touching. All I had to do was shine up the connection point with a small
    wire brush and add a drop of solder to make permanent contact again and the
    lights worked like a charm after that.

    Hope this helps.

    Cheers - Jonathan
    --
    Acta Non Verba - Deeds Not Words
    Lieutenant Jonathan Race, EMS Supervisor
    Orange County (FL) Fire-Rescue Department

    "Paul E. Ester" <paulgiro77..........m> wrote in message
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    > I found out the other day that my brake lights and rear turn signal
    > lights weren't working. I've replaced the switch on the brake petal
    > and checked all the fuses. Flashers, signals work fine in the front
    > but nothing works in the back except the driving/parking lights. Has
    > anybody ran into this problem or know what could be causing it?
    >
    > Thanks in advance for any help,
    >
    > - Paul

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    pete carb
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    Default Brake lights and rear turn signal light problems on 88 Chevy pickup

    the circuit boards that the bulbs plug into in the rear are most likely
    corroded. there is a redesiged board available from chevrolet. -pete

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    \Doc\
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    "pete carb" <impala67454@..........> wrote in message
    news:24225-4043C48E-380@storefull-3276.bay..............
    > the circuit boards that the bulbs plug into in the rear are most likely
    > corroded. there is a redesiged board available from chevrolet. -pete


    Bingo. Super common problem. Autzone has em' for $25 each as opposed to
    the GM dealership that charges $75 a piece.

    Doc


    >

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    KJ
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    Isn't that for the later style trucks? Like 8 or so years later?

    ~KJ~

    ""Doc"" <noway@nope.com> wrote in message
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    > "pete carb" <impala67454@..........> wrote in message
    > news:24225-4043C48E-380@storefull-3276.bay..............
    > > the circuit boards that the bulbs plug into in the rear are most likely
    > > corroded. there is a redesiged board available from chevrolet. -pete

    >
    > Bingo. Super common problem. Autzone has em' for $25 each as opposed to
    > the GM dealership that charges $75 a piece.
    >
    > Doc
    >
    >
    > >

    >
    >

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    JC
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    "KJ" <p00p@attbi.com> wrote in message
    news:nPS0c.62721$aH3.1924795@bgtnsc04-news.ops.worldnet.att.net...
    > Isn't that for the later style trucks? Like 8 or so years later?
    >
    > ~KJ~


    Nope. When they changed the taillight design in '88 for the C/K series (the
    R/V series blazers and 'burbs as well as one tons stayed the same), they
    went to the 'connector plate' board that's plagued with problems caused by
    too much heat from the bulb. Or is this advice poor too?

    JC

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    KJ
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    I think it is and isn't. I was told it wasn't heat but corrosion that
    caused the problems.

    ~KJ~

    "JC" <who@where.com> wrote in message
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    > "KJ" <p00p@attbi.com> wrote in message
    > news:nPS0c.62721$aH3.1924795@bgtnsc04-news.ops.worldnet.att.net...
    > > Isn't that for the later style trucks? Like 8 or so years later?
    > >
    > > ~KJ~

    >
    > Nope. When they changed the taillight design in '88 for the C/K series

    (the
    > R/V series blazers and 'burbs as well as one tons stayed the same), they
    > went to the 'connector plate' board that's plagued with problems caused by
    > too much heat from the bulb. Or is this advice poor too?
    >
    > JC
    >
    >

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    DIE SPAM
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    Default Brake lights and rear turn signal light problems on 88 Chevy pickup

    Got replacements from Autozone for my '90 k1500... the key is to ask for
    "Connector plates" otherwise they might not ever know they stock them.

    KJ wrote:
    > Isn't that for the later style trucks? Like 8 or so years later?
    >
    > ~KJ~
    >
    > ""Doc"" <noway@nope.com> wrote in message
    > news:PtydnQArzt5CUN7dRVn-jw@adelphia.com...
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    >>"pete carb" <impala67454@..........> wrote in message
    >>news:24225-4043C48E-380@storefull-3276.bay..............
    >>
    >>>the circuit boards that the bulbs plug into in the rear are most likely
    >>>corroded. there is a redesiged board available from chevrolet. -pete

    >>
    >>Bingo. Super common problem. Autzone has em' for $25 each as opposed to
    >>the GM dealership that charges $75 a piece.
    >>
    >>Doc
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>

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    >

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    Paul E. Ester
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    "KJ" <p00p@attbi.com> wrote in message news:<nPS0c.62721$aH3.1924795@bgtnsc04-news.ops.worldnet.att.net>...
    > Isn't that for the later style trucks? Like 8 or so years later?
    >
    > ~KJ~
    >
    > ""Doc"" <noway@nope.com> wrote in message
    > news:PtydnQArzt5CUN7dRVn-jw@adelphia.com...
    > >
    > > "pete carb" <impala67454@..........> wrote in message
    > > news:24225-4043C48E-380@storefull-3276.bay..............
    > > > the circuit boards that the bulbs plug into in the rear are most likely
    > > > corroded. there is a redesiged board available from chevrolet. -pete

    > >
    > > Bingo. Super common problem. Autzone has em' for $25 each as opposed to
    > > the GM dealership that charges $75 a piece.
    > >
    > > Doc
    > >
    > >
    > > >


    You guys were right. It was the circuit boards that the bulbs plug into.
    I need to clean up or replace those connector plates/circuit boards.

    Thanks to everyone who responded!

    - Paul

    Now if I could only figure out why the power locks stopped working..
    Does anyone have any suggestions for diagnosing power lock problems?

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    \Doc\
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    Default Brake lights and rear turn signal light problems on 88 Chevy pickup

    "JC" <who@where.com> wrote in message
    news:%QS0c.26257$OH4.6141@fe2.texas...........
    >
    > "KJ" <p00p@attbi.com> wrote in message
    > news:nPS0c.62721$aH3.1924795@bgtnsc04-news.ops.worldnet.att.net...
    > > Isn't that for the later style trucks? Like 8 or so years later?
    > >
    > > ~KJ~

    >
    > Nope. When they changed the taillight design in '88 for the C/K series

    (the
    > R/V series blazers and 'burbs as well as one tons stayed the same), they
    > went to the 'connector plate' board that's plagued with problems caused by
    > too much heat from the bulb. Or is this advice poor too?
    >
    > JC


    You're right with the year, but wrong with the reason. Heat doesn't cause
    em' to die, it's corrosion.

    Doc

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