Rear Lights May Not Work Due to Rear Light Socket Plate Failure on Pontiac Montana

The rear light socket plate may fail causing a brake light or other rear light to stop working.

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Average mileage: 104,915 (21,000–150,000)
8 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, more2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
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2004 Pontiac Montana 90,000 mi,
Right rear brake lights fail. Entire socket assembly and bulbs have been replaced. Bulbs always have a melted and scorched end. Now the left side does not work although all the bulbs are working...brake lights do not. Only the brake bar at the top rear window works.
Determined it was the black wire causing the short, made a direct connection with a wire I fastened onto the plate and connected it to the lead black input wire bypassing the harness connection. Had the exact same issue on a 99 Montana Driver's side brake light.
2003 Pontiac Montana 140,000 mi,
Break lights don't work only upper bar working. Bulbs ok.
brakes light failed, replaced with new bulbs, not working, noticed that wire pins in plate were a little flat and not making good contact, carefully bent wire contacts up a bit, it worked, old bulbs were fine, cost $0.00, tools: small screw driver or paper clip, time to fix: a few minutes
2002 Pontiac Montana 144,444 mi,
Brake light on the drivers side quit working haven't fixed yet
1999 Pontiac Montana 130,000 mi,
all my lights messed up in back
1999 Pontiac Montana 21,000 mi,
the lights of the back wont turn on and I wont to know what the problem is
The rear lights wont. When I signal, on the dashboard, all I see is a dim light on the direction im going to. Basically, the signals dont work and Im looking for a solution
2000 Pontiac Montana 86,000 mi,
Brake lights burned out repeated, almost as soon as they were installed, then stopped working altogether, some melting and corrrosion in sockets. All other rear lights fine. Replaced rear light circuit boards ( about $25 each) and new pigtail harnesses (about 50$). Problem solved, for now
2006 Pontiac Montana 81,910 mi,
service parking lights I bought 9 packs of light bulbs just to make sure but still nothing works brake lights work turn signal works just the rear parking lights do not work
2001 Pontiac Montana 101,319 mi,
Left brake light not working. Keep changing bulb.
2004 Pontiac Montana 110,000 mi,
Brake light failure. Have to keep messing with the connection plates.
Brake lights don't work. Black wired fried on both sides.
1999 Pontiac Montana 127,056 mi,
Back side brake lights don't work. Replaced lights, fuse, and Stop-switch, and still not working.
2001 Pontiac Montana 150,000 mi,
Wiring must of got hot in the area around a light socket. Replaced tail light from wrecking yard.
2003 Pontiac Montana 60,000 mi,
looks like previous owner applied some Vaseline to the socket, replaced after finding out light was not working. did not light up until I put some pressure on the bulb, then it worked for about 10 miles. the next trip I noticed it was out again. after that trip I noticed the area where the break light was not working seemed warm to the touch. this makes me think there is some shorting going on.