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Hi,
I recently bought a Ford Escort 1993 LX Sedan and just noticed that the tail lamps are not working (brake lights seem to be fine). Both the lights were not working- however, the license plate lights (that come on when the car is in reverse) seemed to be working. Now I had the car inspected earlier by a mechanic who indicated that the clutch needs to be changed (but everything else is ok), and I got that done by another mechanic. I am not sure if the tail light problem preceded the clutch installation or not. Nevertheless I took the car to the clutch guy and asked him to check the connections with the transmission and he said it is fine. So I got myself a test light and tried to check the connections. It appeared that the contacts for the tail lamp bulb are live, and the bulbs also looked fine from the outside. One thing that struck me as odd is that the other side wiring needed to be connected for one side to show current. I assumed that if the car is ON (engine OFF) and gear in reverse, then each side should show current (By the way I was doing a check for current, not continuity). I assumed it is the bulb anyway, as there was current in the bulb holder contacts- so I drove to Autozone and got myself a new set of bulbs. At this point I noticed that the license plate lamps were not working either and found that the bulbs have burnt out. So I changed all four bulbs (2 license plate and 2 tail lamp) and plugged everything in. The license plate lamps are now working but the tail lamps are maintaining there dark state. BTW, I checked the relevant fuses (all fuses, in fact) and they seem to be fine. I appreciate your taking the time to read my query and helping me out. :?
 
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