Winkin' at me...

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Old 10-09-02, 09:41 AM
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Winkin' at me...

'94 Camry has a 'bad bulb' warning light on the dash.
The thing snaps on at the darnedest times. I've gotten outa the car and looked at the lights, night and day, directionals, markers,
-even the trunk and glove box lights are all fine.
Goes off for a day or two, and pops back on again for a 1/2 hour
or so. Is it a bulb ready to say sayonara? Or - if it's a sensor, where is it.
I recommended the Irish stick-a-piece-of-tape-over-it method.
Wife is neither amused or impressed
What is with this thing! Oriental mystic samurai secrets?
 
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Old 10-09-02, 10:57 AM
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It means that a bulb is bad or burned out. Typically it is brake lights. The wrong bulb could be in there or the filaments are crossing over.

Pay close attention to all brake lights, taillights (especially ones that are only marker lights) and even the third brake light up top. Any one could set it off.

Check the bulbs closely. It's likely one of them in the back.
 
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Old 10-09-02, 02:42 PM
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If all your bulbs are good and none of the filaments are touching each other and the correct bulbs are installed it could be the lamp module in the trunk on the drivers side behind the carpeting. Do you have trailer wiring spliced in? Sometimes that will cause the module to act up. It could also be a wiring problem to one of the lights in the rear which would cause the light on the dash to come on when whichever bulb is not working at the time. Does your car have a rear spoiler with the third brake light in it? If so it must work also, along with the one in the window. (If it is a Toyota OEM spoiler) This module only controls the rear lights.
Good luck
 
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Old 10-09-02, 03:50 PM
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easy solution

Change all your bulbs.You may never find the problem any other way .
 
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Old 10-09-02, 03:54 PM
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It is only for rear brake and tail lights. Try replacing the third brake bulb. They have two filaments and one can be broken.

Larry
 
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Old 10-21-02, 04:26 AM
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Guys -
I changed all the bulbs in the rear. and when I drove the car there was no dash light. I touched the brakes and on it came!
What now, a bad brake light socket? Wire? Module?
What do I look for in a bulb socket - continuity?
Noticed the old bulbs were dirty and dusty, so possible corrosion in there? I was surprised because the bacl lens is a nice tight fit
 
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Old 10-21-02, 05:07 AM
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Make sure you replace the third brake with the correct part. Should be #921 bulb

Larry
 
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Old 10-21-02, 06:05 AM
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I agree with Larry. It's in the brake light circuit now.

Check your bulbs carefully as Larry stated. He's right on.
 
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Old 10-23-02, 03:59 AM
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outstanding !

Thank you ,Toyotaman and Joe, etc.
I had a wrong bulb in the rear window stop light.
Almost same size, but different no.
Camry no longer winkin' at me.
Best Regards
Jim
 
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Old 10-23-02, 07:01 AM
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Thumbs up

Good job and glad it was something simple.
 
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