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Old 01-12-2004, 12:37 AM   #1
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1984 Mercury Marquis Tail Lights

i have a 1984 mercury marquis that i bought at an auction to find out that my tail lights dont work. i replaced the fuse. and it didnt work. i have brake lights and reverse lights. i have headlights and brites but no tail lights. i cant figure out whats wrong here. please help. thank

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Old 01-12-2004, 12:57 AM   #2
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check and see if your tail lights are in backwards
if you remove them they should have two little "ears" on the side, one higher than the other
putting them in backwards will cause only one of them to light, not both
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Old 01-12-2004, 01:10 AM   #3
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how bout you see the bulbs? are they burnt out? its usually the most obvious things that are wrong...
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Old 01-12-2004, 02:02 AM   #4
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the bulbs arent burnt out and they are in te right way. the tail lights and the brake lights use the same bulbs. which is why i dont understand why i have no tail lights.

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Old 01-12-2004, 02:28 AM   #5
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are you sure they are in the right way?

i was going to go into explaining why you need to make sure, but i've got an idea that you didn't check and just ignored what i said
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Old 01-12-2004, 02:38 AM   #6
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It's very possible you may have a bad switch. Notorious for earlier model ford/ merqs. It's almost impossible to install the bulbs backwards without crushing the glass in your hand, being, one tip is set higher than the other.
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no it isn't
trust me on that
i've done it several times, on several different vehicles, it's not that hard at all
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Old 01-12-2004, 03:07 AM   #8
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What can I say? Your'e special or lucky. No pun intended.......... Maybe I should have said , twisting the bulb out of the base.
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Re: 1984 Mercury Marquis Tail Lights

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i have a 1984 mercury marquis that i bought at an auction to find out that my tail lights dont work. i replaced the fuse. and it didnt work. i have brake lights and reverse lights. i have headlights and brites but no tail lights. i cant figure out whats wrong here. please help. thank

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With an avater like that you should have called yourself Jolly Roger. You bought a car at auction just to find out the tail lights don't work? You could have saved alot of money by just reaching in and turning them on.

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Do the front parking lights and dash lights come on when you turn on the lights?
If the answer is no, go directly to the switch and replace it. If the answer is yes, you have an open circuit between the switch and tail lights. Time to break out the old wiring diagram and test light.

The probability is 98% you'll need a switch, just like lectroid said.

Note to lectroid. It is possible to get the bulbs (1157) in backwards, I see it all the time (you can even jam in an 1156), but... the contacts will simply be reversed and you'll have brighter tail lights than brake lights. This is not so good if you don't like to be rear ended.

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Re: 1984 Mercury Marquis Tail Lights

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Q: How can you tell you're at a gay picnic?
A: The hotdogs taste like shit.

ewww....
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Oops, wrong wording, should have said hard to do,You would almost have to be an idiot,,,,,,, has never happened to me and I won't be eating anymore hotdogs!
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Oops, wrong wording, should have said hard to do,You would almost have to be an idiot,,,,,,, has never happened to me and I won't be eating anymore hotdogs!
I agree 100%. They made the light bulbs idiot proof... Then they improved the idiot.
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How come no joke on this post?
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How come no joke on this post?
Jokes can be offensive to some people. Because of that I don't believe in them.



How's that? 8)
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That's bullshit How in the world would anyone get offended on this site
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