Rear Lights May Not Work Due to Rear Light Socket Plate Failure on Chevrolet Venture

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 116,191 (12,500–271,000)
9 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, more2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
110 people reported this problem
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Two of the lights on the back lights don't work. I have no tail lights. The brake lights,and blinkers to work in the back. Has anyone come up with a solution?
we have had excessisve problems with our rear lights burning out they get heated and melt the wire and bulbs.. we replaced everything on it 2x costing over $300 each time, including wiring harness and light brackets to have the same problem arise over and over again. My feelings is this should be a recall for safety reasons..
Dash lights and rear lights out at the same time, was alerted to the lights because the warning "ding" would be going off, even though all lights were off, ect.
brake light constantly burning out,always replacing them, now replaced them again with some libricate, that i was told was needed, so they won't be burning out. well drivers side still not turning on at times. am so annoyed having to check the lights every single time i need to go somewhere. already been stopped by cop due to my stop light!!!!!
Front blinker passenger light went out changed bulb. Over the next few days I noticed my tail light was not working properly. When I would turn my blinker on the dash blinker blinked normal again but when I applied the break it would blink really fast. Then over time when I would apply breaks both turn lights lit up solid green in dash. I assumed break lights went out. Changed break lights and now no tail lights what so ever.
Right rear brake light overheats and causes the wires to embed into the plastic resulting in no contact (no light). Had to replace the plastic housing. Tried using the all glass bulb, did NOT work. Decided to check the web and found that this is a common problem. At Autozone they suggested using a moisture inhibiting grease on the lamp and socket contacts to see if that would work (after thorough cleaning of contacts). Suspect the heat is building up due to corrosion, and the grease will reduce or delay the corrosion. I have found nothing to indicate GM is offering any advice or a more permanent solution. Very dissapointing.
Rear stop light bulb is constantly burning out. I change it every 3+months. The housing surrounding the specific socket appears to be slightly burned.
I keep replacing the rear brake lights but they never last more than a few months. I am using the right bulbs and bulb grease.
Rear Tail light bar was bad along with the wiring harness, had to replace .. I was told this is common on Chevrolet Venture's
Cruise control didn't work so took it to Chevy dealer for checking and found that both rear lights were blown off, that was the reason for cruise control not working. Dealer told me that cruise not working may be due to rear light blown-off. They fixed rear lights and cruise control started working. Dealer changed dearly to fix lights and gave excuses that he has to check cruise control switch and wiring. I think that was BS.
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