[xj40] rear tail lights

I’m new to my '94 XJ40

Where is the fuse/fusebox for the rear running lights?

The headlights/brights appear to function correctly. The tailights
do not come on. The brake lights function normally. Is there
anything else on the same circuit as the rear running lights that I
can test? Does it sound like a fuse issue? Also, the headlight ‘‘on’’
indicator on the dash near the switch does not illuminate
for ‘‘headlights’’ but it does for running/park lights.

Any/all help is appreciated.
Doug–
Dougwatson
Welland/ON, Canada
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In reply to a message from dougwatson sent Sun 27 May 2007:

Doug,

Welcome to the forum.

Your lack of tail lights is unlikely to be due to their
fuse. Power to the tail lights is fused individually left
and right (fuse C7 in the respective fuse boxes at the base
of the left and right ‘A’ frames in the driver and passenger
footwells) and that same fuse also feeds the front
sidelights on a US car (not sure about Canadian cars with
‘running lights’ - check the fuse list inside the cover of
each fuse box lid). That fuse C7 in the right side fuse box
only also serves both the left and right headlamp ‘flash’
circuits - do they work on your car?

Can you explain what you mean by ‘‘the headlight ‘on’
indicator on the dash near the switch’’???

I don’t recognise that description - on my car the only
indication that the headlights are on (when the ignition is
on also of course) is when they are on high beam (as opposed
to dipped beam) when a blue ‘main beam’ icon appears on the
dash.

You are not by any chance referring to an orange icon which
looks like a bulb with an ‘X’ through it which is the ‘bulb
fail’ indicator? If so, that could explain why you have no
tail lights.

BTW, does the glove box light work when you have the side
lights selected? If not, report back and I will explain why
I ask and suggest another potential cause of the lack of
tail lights.–
The original message included these comments:

Where is the fuse/fusebox for the rear running lights?
The headlights/brights appear to function correctly. The tailights
do not come on. The brake lights function normally. Is there
anything else on the same circuit as the rear running lights that I
can test? Does it sound like a fuse issue? Also, the headlight ‘‘on’’
indicator on the dash near the switch does not illuminate
for ‘‘headlights’’ but it does for running/park lights.


Bryan N, '91 Sovereign 4.0 L, RHD
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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The only indicator near the light switch is the fog and hazard light
switch and indicators on my car.On 5/27/07, Bryan N sophistic@btopenworld.com wrote:

In reply to a message from dougwatson sent Sun 27 May 2007:

Doug,

Welcome to the forum.

Your lack of tail lights is unlikely to be due to their
fuse. Power to the tail lights is fused individually left
and right (fuse C7 in the respective fuse boxes at the base
of the left and right ‘A’ frames in the driver and passenger
footwells) and that same fuse also feeds the front
sidelights on a US car (not sure about Canadian cars with
‘running lights’ - check the fuse list inside the cover of
each fuse box lid). That fuse C7 in the right side fuse box
only also serves both the left and right headlamp ‘flash’
circuits - do they work on your car?

Can you explain what you mean by ‘‘the headlight ‘on’
indicator on the dash near the switch’’???

I don’t recognise that description - on my car the only
indication that the headlights are on (when the ignition is
on also of course) is when they are on high beam (as opposed
to dipped beam) when a blue ‘main beam’ icon appears on the
dash.

You are not by any chance referring to an orange icon which
looks like a bulb with an ‘X’ through it which is the ‘bulb
fail’ indicator? If so, that could explain why you have no
tail lights.

BTW, does the glove box light work when you have the side
lights selected? If not, report back and I will explain why
I ask and suggest another potential cause of the lack of
tail lights.

The original message included these comments:

Where is the fuse/fusebox for the rear running lights?
The headlights/brights appear to function correctly. The tailights
do not come on. The brake lights function normally. Is there
anything else on the same circuit as the rear running lights that I
can test? Does it sound like a fuse issue? Also, the headlight ‘‘on’’
indicator on the dash near the switch does not illuminate
for ‘‘headlights’’ but it does for running/park lights.


Bryan N, '91 Sovereign 4.0 L, RHD
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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In reply to a message from dougwatson sent Sun 27 May 2007:

Thanks for the response. I have been away for a couple of days and
I will check the fuses.

The indicator I was referring to is left of the steering wheel.
There is a 3 position light switch and when the switch is rotated
forward the park lights come on and if you continue to rotate the
switch the headlights turn on. There is a corresponding illuminated
picture/icon for park or headlight position.

Thanks
Doug–
The original message included these comments:

Where is the fuse/fusebox for the rear running lights?
indicator on the dash near the switch does not illuminate
for ‘‘headlights’’ but it does for running/park lights.


Dougwatson
Welland/ON, Canada
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In reply to a message from dougwatson sent Wed 30 May 2007:

Doug,

Don’t worry about that - it is only the ‘locate’ lighting
(to show you where the switch is!).

The ‘OFF’ ‘Side’ and ‘Headlight’ icons are illuminated by a
single LED(?)as soon as you move the switch from the ‘OFF’
position. On my car, the ‘Sidelight’ icon shines brightest -
but in pitch darkness, you can just see the ‘Headlight’ icon
glowing.

That has nothing to do with the actual position of the light
switch - other than at ‘OFF’, it remains the same whether
the headlights or only the sidelights are on.–
The original message included these comments:

There is a 3 position light switch and when the switch is rotated
forward the park lights come on and if you continue to rotate the
switch the headlights turn on. There is a corresponding illuminated
picture/icon for park or headlight position.


Bryan N, '91 Sovereign 4.0 L, RHD
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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In reply to a message from dougwatson sent Sun 27 May 2007:

1 fuse, 1 bulb, two tail lights out…of course I eneded up
checking the side with the good bulb first just to confuse me.

Thanks for the help.–
Dougwatson
Welland/ON, Canada
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