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My right rear brake light is not working. I replaced both right and left side bulbs but the right one still does not turn on. Is it a wiring problem?

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Kinda sorta,you have check for power inside the bulb socket when the brakes are applied.
If you dont have juice there then you will have to find out if the brake light switch is working.
I believe ther is a brake light relay box in the trunk,I dont remember where,but it could be defective.
Listen to this the light assembly on the honda do go bad. the whole light bulb assembly the silver plastic unit,get one from thejunk yard and change the whole thing.Look at it it's easy to do.

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