Rear Light Wiring Harness May Break on Toyota Camry

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.

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Average mileage: 154,924 (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.
2001 Toyota Camry 134,000 mi,
Reverse lights not working. Replaced both bulbs, fuse, and neutral safety switch. Reverse lights still not working.
1993 Toyota Camry 147,000 mi,
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
1998 Toyota Camry 255,000 mi,
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?
1997 Toyota Camry 50,000 mi,
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.
1993 Toyota Camry 142,000 mi,
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
1998 Toyota Camry 186,000 mi,
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 ?
1997 Toyota Camry 50,000 mi,
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.
1999 Toyota Camry 73,000 mi,
problem with the rear light wiring harness will also cause hesitation when the automatic transmission shifts gear.
2002 Toyota Camry 170,000 mi,
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.
1993 Toyota Camry 20,020 mi,
Tail lights don't work tail lights don't wwork
1998 Toyota Camry 55,000 mi,
both tail lights out, fuse shorted
1997 Toyota Camry 150,000 mi,
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.
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
1999 Toyota Camry 242,000 mi,
Both reverse lights stopped working. Turns out the connecting wire in this harness snapped in two. Thanks for the help!
1992 Toyota Camry 120,000 mi,
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.
The dash light has indicated a rear light problem for months. Even Peterson Toyota couldn't figure it out. Finally discovered it's the reverse lights, and found broken wires in the trunk. Now will attempt to fix it.
2002 Toyota Camry 146,000 mi,
Cheap wire wrap fails to keep together on the hinge. May be vulnerable to trunk items rubbing on it. Not sure where the break is in the wire yet.
even when the bulbs are new or at least good/working/tested in working sockets, and fuses are good, and lights at front light up; the rear lights will have some kind of problem. now it's the tail lights