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You could have a bad wire going to the socket. You can test the connection with a voltmeter. If you are unsure of where to connect the voltmeter try it on the good side first when someone is applying the brakes to see how to connect the meter. Then try the bad side and if you can't get a reading you have a wire or connection problem on the bad side.

The taillight bulb has two filaments One is used for the normal tail light and the other filament is used when you step on the brake. When you step on the break both filaments are on at the same time to give the extra brightness. Take the bulb out and check the continuity of both filaments to make sure that they not burned out.

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Q: My tail light works on both sides but my brake light which is the same bulb is not working on the passenger side. I changed the bulb but the brake light still does not work. What could my problem be.?
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