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Old 04-24-2009, 11:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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OK, I know this is right up there in the stupid question hall of fame. I'll preface this by adding that I'm a woman, who doesn't know what she's doing, and needs a little guidance.

My break lights are out on my Suzuki Grand Vitara 2002. It's only the break lights as far as I can tell. I figure change the fuses and see if that dose it. Problem; I can't get the fuse panel in the passenger side to open up.

1) help opening the fuse panel in the passenger side?

2) if it's not the fuse what else could it be? ...bulbs ((both at the same time??)), wiring....????

Thank you much to all and sundry who may be inclined to help me with this little problem. As you can probably guess, I'm strapped for cash currently (who isn't???) and would like to avoid taking the car to a shop if possible.

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If you do end up taking it in it shouldn't be too expensive. Can't help with the fuse box - don't think I have one on the inside, but it's usually just a lever at one end that is pushed inwards. BTW, "brake" is the word, not break.

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OK, I know this is right up there in the stupid question hall of fame. I'll preface this by adding that I'm a woman, who doesn't know what she's doing, and needs a little guidance.

My break lights are out on my Suzuki Grand Vitara 2002. It's only the break lights as far as I can tell. I figure change the fuses and see if that dose it. Problem; I can't get the fuse panel in the passenger side to open up.

1) help opening the fuse panel in the passenger side?

2) if it's not the fuse what else could it be? ...bulbs ((both at the same time??)), wiring....????

Thank you much to all and sundry who may be inclined to help me with this little problem. As you can probably guess, I'm strapped for cash currently (who isn't???) and would like to avoid taking the car to a shop if possible.

~Elizabeth
Are all the brake lights not working?? Even the "third" high mount brake light?
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Are all the brake lights not working?? Even the "third" high mount brake light?
The third break light is still working, just not the lower two. All other tail lights seem to be working fine also.

Do you think not fuses but bulbs or wiring?

Thank again, sorry my life has been complicated lately and I wasn't able to check the forum until now.

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I'd check both the bulbs first. Perhaps one was blown and you didn't notice it until the second went?

The fact the high level light is still working rules out quite a few options.
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Thanx to both of you, will try when the sun's up and let you know.

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I have this same issue. Can anyone help further?
My two lower brake lights (rear) are out, but the upper middle brake light is working.

When I have the lights set to "Auto" the red tail lights do not light up.
When I have the lights set to "On" the red tail lights stay lit up.

Are there two different tail lights, one for normal use and one for braking? Can anyone point me to a diagram of how to replace the tail brake light if they are both in fact just burnt out?
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I'm going to make a couple of assumptions here - first that you have a gen 1 vehicle (because that's the forum you're posting in) and second, that your tail lights are in the body (some vehicles have them in the bumper)

Open the rear door and look at the lamps, you'll see two screws on each lamp - remove them and then pull the lamp(s) off, twist the retainer and remove the bulb and relace it.

Refit the lamps.

The lamps have multiple filaments for the sto & tail functions - if the high lamp works but the others don't there is a 99.9% probability it's the bulb.
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I have a 2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara. Meant to add that but I got busy at work.

I'll take a look at the lights when I get off work to see if I can just swap them out to fix it.

My tail lights are in the body about half way up.
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I have a 2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara. Meant to add that but I got busy at work.

I'll take a look at the lights when I get off work to see if I can just swap them out to fix it.

My tail lights are in the body about half way up.
You can ignore the first part of what I said - I have no idea how the lamps are secured on your car - the second part, about the bulbs is still valid though.
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