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I got pulled over last night foe tail light out, I stopped further up the road to inspect and found that both the hatch and the one on the car was burned out. I didnt inspect both bulbs It was late and i didnt have the tools. left side works fine, turn signals work fine, brake light works fine just the tail light for both the hatch and car dont work. This morning i will inspect the bulbs but was wondering if there is information on connections that i can check as it seems odd both light would be out.
 

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Not to oversimplify but if you want to verify the circuit before you go out and buy new bulbs you could always turn on the lights and stick a multimeter in the socket. A test light would be even better as a poor ground will make the test light output flicker or dim.

Do you have an aftermarket trailer connector installed by any chance? If so check the wiring for that. Usually a t harness but a bad kit will use wire taps that pierce the insulation to make the connection.
 

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Thanks for the reply, I over thought the whole thing as it threw me that both lights were out. Im pretty good at fixing things, as I was a aircraft electrician for 40 years. I was just thinking the worst with possible wiring issue.. I checked the hatch first as it was easy to access and the bulb was burned out (a 168 4.9 watt bulb) I then accessed the other and found it also burned out. I went to autozone and got both plus extras to put in glove box. Thanks for your help.
 

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Just in case someone wants to know how to remove the tail light to access the bulb you remove 2 bolts and then from the front if the lens you pry backwards, don't pry up as it has a tab that slides into a slot. If you dont have a handy plastic pry piece to use as a tool use a straight slot and a piece of cardboard between car and lens so you don't scratch the paint.
 
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