Fuses are good, the dash lights work. I will trace the wires. It
looks like the taillights run on the same bundle of wires the brake
lights and the blinkers do which work so i will start from the fuse
panel under the steering wheel.
I did not check all the fuses, only the taillight fuse. Would it make
sense to check all the fuses?
>On Thu, 22 Dec 2005 21:49:44 -0500, frank wrote:
>> I have tried the switch and every possible combination of dashboard
>> and light switch. Also received a warning from the police because they
>> were not on at night while all other lights were on.
>Oh, OK. Checked the fuses, both inside the car and under the hood?
>Those Auto on headlights fool a lot of people. I guess the only indication
>you get the lights aren't on is that the dash lights don't come on, but, I
>was working at a Toy dealer this summer and they 'fixed' that, so you
>could REALLY be fooled into thinking your lights were on.
>The other thing I would be looking for was a pinched wire or a loose
>connector. There are access panels in the back of the car, and IIRC the
>wiring harness runs down the driver's side of the car, under the 'kickers'
>in the bottom of the door openings. OR, you might have to lift the carpet.
>Back in the 'good old days' Toyotas had crappy grounds for the taillights.
>I had a '72 Corona MkII that the lights were out all the time on. They
>used a chromed strip to ground the lights, and it worked loose frequently.
>We replaced it with a couple pieces of wire and never had a problem again.
>I don't THINK Toyota has gone back to this type of system...I hope...
>>>On Thu, 22 Dec 2005 19:13:23 -0500, frank wrote:
>>>> I have a 2004 Toyota Matrix that has 39,000 miles and the rear running
>>>> light won't come. This happens with the headlights on or off. The
>>>> bulbs are both good and the fuse is good. There is no current to the
>>>> running lights though the rear brake lights
>>>> and the both the real blinkers both work. Is there a relay involved in
>>>> these rear lights. All of the other lights work fine . Of course this
>>>> happend 3,000 miles after the warranty has expired. Any help on this
>>>> is appreciated.
>>>Don't mean to imply aything here, but you *are* turning them on with the
>>>The new Corollas have an 'auto on' feature that turns the headlights on
>>>when it gets dark. Now, why they would ONLY turn the headlights on is
>>>anybody's guess, but if you are relying on the auto on feature to turn all
>>>the lights on, it doesn't. Only the headlights. Try hitting the switch and
>>>see what happens (or, have you already...?)