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The ground wire in the right rear light brake socket does not have a solid/complete connection. Because of this, the brake light goes on only when the the parking lights are turned off. Once the parking lights are on the right rear brake light does not work. How do I pull the gorund wire out of the socket with-out destroying it. Is there a twist lock (or something) Thanks.

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Your easiest solution would be to pick up a new socket and some blue heat shrinkable **** connectors and then replace the whole thing,just cut and join one wire at a time and you will be fine.

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There are a couple of probable reasons why the brake light are not working, they are:
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