Taillights stuck on?

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by cwby_ram, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. cwby_ram

    cwby_ram Senior Member
    Messages: 907

    Ok, I've never had this happen, and it's probably got a simple answer. I've got a '98 Dodge 2500, was taking a nap after today's plowing when my wife woke me up to tell me that the taillights were still on. That's odd. But I've been having issues with the headlight switch, so I went out and took it all apart thinking that was the cause. It doesn't seem to be, when the switch was totally unplugged the taillights were still on. Everything seems to function normally, except that with the truck off and all the lights in the off position, the taillights are still burning. Anyone heard of this? Got any ideas? They're just gonna burn til this storm is over, but I'm gonna have to figure this out sooner or later.
  2. Davidl79

    Davidl79 Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    Sounds like you have a bad brake light switch. It will be right above the brake pedal. pretty easy to change.
  3. no lead

    no lead PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,308

    check the 7 way plug or 4way flat at the rear of the truck also.
  4. bill7101

    bill7101 Member
    Messages: 34

    Is it brake lights or the tail lights staying on? I have seen the dodge trucks with the brake lights that stay on from bad brake switches bt i know i have changed a few BCMs from the driving lights staying on in the caravans, the headlight switch just requests that the BCM turns on the lights, cant remeber if the late 90s trucks had that same setup though

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,402

    What he said, had that happen to the 99' last year. The 7 way got nasty on the inside and was shorting (actually had the power prong glowing)
  6. OP

    cwby_ram Senior Member
    Messages: 907

    Well, after a long storm, the taillights went out. Maybe there was some ice shorting the trailer plug. There were a couple electrical gremlins running around, but they seem to have gone away for now. Thanks for the input guys!