Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Lake Mary, Florida
Re: No taillights/parking lamps - ???
Could be the light switch...to verify, check to see if you have power at the tail lamp assemblies. Using a simple test light, such as a cheap screw driver looking tool that has a lamp in its handle (has a ground wire and clip you attach to a ground), probe the parking light wre at the rear light bulb sockets to see if you have 12 volts. If you do, its a grounding issue for that circuit. Check, and double check the bulbs. Take a known good one, and replace the bulb to see if that fixes it. I will use a volt/ohm meter, set it to ohms, and test the teeny tiny wire to see if I have continuity. I used to hold the bulb up to light, flick the glass with my finger to see if the filiment wiggled, indicating it was broke; my eyes are not that good anymore, so using a know good bulb or a volt/ohm meter is your best bet.
If you do not see voltage at the wire at the tail light bulb socket, then you need to trace back towards the light switch. Best to have a wire schematic for your year Camaro. These can be bought in color, and are cheap, as the factory wiring is simple on these cars. Remove the back seat and look for the wiring loom on the drivers side, running along the bottom left.
In just about 90% of the time, wiring issues come down to a missing ground for a circuit. In your case, if the 69's are the same as the 67's, the grounds for all the tail lights come from the tail light assembly itself; when a tail light assembly is removed from the body, you will see 4 "nipples" on the tail light assembly that touch the body when the tail light housings are mounted. When cars get repainted, these nipples don't make good contact with the metal, and rear lighting does not work. I'd check this for good measure, even though some of your rear lights in the tail lights are working.
To make it easier, make a ground strap from some spare wire. Fasten one end of the wire to a good body ground in the trunk, and touch the other end of this wire to the metal of a tail light housing. Do the lights work? If so, you know the housings are not grounded good.
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