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Taillights not working. Please Help

Hey guys. I have a 1997 Dakota. The tail lights on the truck are not functioning properly. The brake lights work fine, as do the hazards and turn signals, however; when I turn on the headlights, the tail lights do not come on. Any ideas on what could be causing it? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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So your running lights aren't working. you can check your grounds, also check to make sure your bulbs are installed in the sockets properly. i know it sounds weird but your taillights are dual filament bulbs which means there are two nubs on the bottom one for each filament and the out shell is the ground for both. if they aren't tuching there conections in the socket just right that could be causeing your problem.
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Not sure if this advice would be true on the Dakota: some cars have seperate fuse for tail lamp and then brake lamp.

Are you sure you have the correct bulbs installed?
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do the running lights in the front work?



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The front running lights DO work. I am pretty sure they are the right bulbs. They were working until recently. My sister was driving the truck and got pulled over for having no taillights OR brake lights, but the hazards and blinkers worked fine. I took off the housing and it looked like the bulb wires had been cut for some reason. Don't know why...just like that when I got it. There's a green, a black and a black with yellow stripe wire coming from both bulbs. On both of them, the green (power) and black (ground) wires were cut and held together with butt connectors, but the black and yellow (signal wire?) was intact(this is on the amber bulb, the clear reverse one is fine and works properly). On one side the butt connectors had come undone, so I took them off and soldered the connection back together and then soldered the other side, just to get rid of the connectors. At that point I was able to get the brake lights to come on, but still no running lights.

The bulbs are dual filament, so I guess that would mean that either there's a separate ground or power for the running light filament (black and yellow wire maybe?) or else there is a separate fuse.

Thanks for all the help guys! Never would have thought it could have seperate grounds or fuses.
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check the bulbs themselves.

with the running lights not working, the one filament could've blown out, but keepin the other intact..




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the green wire is the brake/turn signal wire, the black wire is the ground wire and the black with yellow stripe is the taillight wire. if the taillight wire ain't connected, you aren't going to have any taillights.

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this problem actually sounds familiar... when i got the red truck, the passenger turn signal wouldn't work... it would kick on the hazards. right turn signal worked just fine...

i swapped the taillights to the LED ones i have and it seemed to fix the problem... altho, i get a hyperflash turning left and regular blink turning right




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i would check the fuses, and or grab 2 new bulbs
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Yeah I looked at one bulb just a minute ago and it looked like one of the filaments might have burnt out. The other one looked ok, but I'll replace it too. As far as fuses go, I think I have a four figure number of fuses to replace, so I'll get on that also. Thanks again to everyone for the help. I'll let ya'll know if that works.
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