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

Pontiac Montana Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

Average Mileage: 110,500 mi (86,000 mi - 135,000 mi)


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

  •  Enthusiast

    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

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  • Visitor, , 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

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  • 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.

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