Rear Light Wiring Harness May Break on Toyota Camry

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The rear light wiring harness can break where it attaches to the trunk hinge. As a result, the reverse lights or the shift indicator may not work and the rear bulb fault indicator may stay on constantly. The harness can be repaired and does not have to be replaced.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 157,005 (20,020–300,000)
11 model years affected: 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, more1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
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Hey guys I think I have the same problem but not sure. Because when I press the brake pedal the brake light in the rear window still comes on. And one of the break lights on the back of the car also still comes on, but I just noticed that thae light that comes on on the back of the car jumps to either side. The brake lights on the trunk lid don't come on at all. The reverse lights work fine.
Reverse lights not working. Replaced both bulbs, fuse, and neutral safety switch.
Reverse lights still not working.
My brake light fault indicator has been on for a while on my daughter's camry. I thought it was just a bulb but all of the brake lights are at fault currently.
lost backup lights and entire trunk hood lighting panel. Also, "defective bulb" indicator stays lighted
Tag light won't stay on..reverse light in dash comes on while in drive..trying to resolve this issue now..what can I do?
Reverse light doesn't come neither the tail light on the trunk lid. I checked for power flow to the connectors and there is power. Replaced bulbs and reverse light still wont work. what should do ?
right brake light randomly went out, but when I move the wiring around the bulb will come back on until the wiring gets moved again
My Camry has a rear spoiler with LED brake lights. The LEDs still work when I press the brakes. The tail lights, license plate light, and reverse lights all work fine. When I press the brakes, the rear brake lights do not work with the exception of the spoiler LED brake lights.
follow up on " 1997 Toyota Camry, 50,000 mi " - I found two broken wires after unwrapping a lot of tape. I replaced about 8" of wire with 12" in case there were other stress points neaby, for all four wires (ground is heavier gauge) and made a loop to reduce the stress from opening and closing the hood. I added some harness shroud and taped it up. Looks like it will work okay.
Tail lights don't work tail lights don't wwork
both tail lights out, fuse shorted
2001 and 2013, maybe also 2005 -- The wiring harness on this 1997 Toyota Camry failed at or near the trunk hinge junction in 2001 (about 50,000 miles at that time) due to flexing when the trunk is opened and closed. It blew fuses so there were NO rear lights. Toyota National paid about $170 for a local dealer to fix it. However, in 2013 a similar problem came back and there may have been an undocumented repair in 2005 too. The current symptom is that the lights mounted on the trunk sometimes go out - 1) sometimes when simply driving, and 2) usually when the trunk lid is raised (then they come on when it's lowered and closed). There are at least two broken wires as sometimes the license plate light will stay on even when the tail lights go out, and sometimes all will go out. I think it also affects the back-up lights. I looked at the harness when open and closed, and took pics. The way it was repaired left two likely stress points, one severe and one less so. Since Toyota won't fix this at their cost, I will attempt to open the harness, find the already broken wires, and check the other wires to see if they are about to go. It is not clear how to wire this to prevent recurrence without adding a long loop of wires to greatly reduce rotational and bending stresses (which should have been done in the first place). I notice that the trunk lid release cable housing shows stress where it is mounted there too, and it is a bit stressed when opening and closing the lid.
problem with the rear light wiring harness will also cause hesitation when the automatic transmission shifts gear.
Trunk lid lackup lights and tail lights do not work. Foundout on you tube that it is due to broken wires in the wiring harness and not the lights. I will try and repair it myself
Happened to me, easy fix, just spliced the wire and now I dont slam the trunk so hard. My reverse lights were intermittent due to the break.
It hasnt been fixed. The brake lights stay on constantly unless i unplug the battery
Inherited the car from my mom whom was given to her by my grandfather. My reverse lights never works and when my brake lights went problematic, the indicator lamp would not go off and all my bulbs were good.
All said and done i had to repair each wire at the trunk hinge right at the pigtail. I used solder and shrink tubing and looks like the plastic wire loom has cut through.
Indicator has come back on, but all seems to be working back there for lighting.
My rear brakes lights aren't coming on
Both reverse lights stopped working. Turns out the connecting wire in this harness snapped in two. Thanks for the help!
Right back up light did not light while the left was ok. The bulb is ok but I see two bare spots on the red wire, one at the trunk hinge and the other where the wire runs close to the bulb mounting bracket in the trunk. My question is locating the nearest junction so I can run new wires through the harness.