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Old 04-21-2003, 07:32 AM
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Post 90 Integra tail brake lamp weirdness

Hi - I'm a total newbie to this.
I have a 90 Acura Integra 2-dr RS - it was my first car 10 years ago, and its still running amazingly well.

Lately something funny is going on with the rear brake lights I cant figure out. When the car is off, the brake lights at the back come on. When the car is running, the running lights are fine, but when I hit the brakes, the 2 lights on one side and one on the other don't light up. This leaves me with one brake light working + the center light. The bulbs are all fine, and a cleaned out the sockets of any gunk.
I tried re-grounding the ground wire on the brake lamp bulbs to the body, but no luck.

I'm wondering if its something in the wiring or a relay... and I'm afraid it feels like an expensive repair...

Anyone had a similar experience or any ideas?

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can't say that I have, I don't drive imports..... <img src="graemlins/evil.gif" border="0" alt="[evil]" /> not to be a jerk, but you might have better luck with another forum suited more towards your vehicle, just a hunch.
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i drive a 91 integra 2 dr, I have a problem with my front corner lights. they blink unexplainaby on their own.

try g2ic.com there should be something there.

This is not really an import site so be careful what u post here. these guys are pretty cool but don't take to nicely to rice.

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[quote]Originally posted by tegluv:
<strong>these guys are pretty cool but don't take to nicely to rice.</strong><hr></blockquote>

Yes, I guess you could say that we don't take nicely to "rice". However, this is a legitimate question and you shouldn't get bashed for it. True, there are probably other forums out there that can offer more help as this site mostly deals with hotrods/muscle cars and things of that nature.

I don't want to turn this into this type of discussion, but there is a difference between rice and import tuning/enthusiasts. It has been talked about many times on here an I'm sure a search on here would turn something up.......

Sorry I can't be more of a help with your specific problem though.
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Thanks for the suggestions - I'm suspecting its some kind of module problem or some wickedly bizarre ground problem. I had a friend look at it - he souped up his rice-burner awhile back, and said he'd seen a similar problem with a civic si, and it turned out to be a ground short with the wiring harness at the light module/relay.

I got stopped by a cop last night, and he came and told me that my brake lights were out. I told him I was trying to figure it out still - but as of that instant, I had decided to suck it up and take it to the garage - he was nice enough to take me at my word, and didn't bother to cite me for it, which is good, cuz $95 is, well, $95. So into the shop the car goes tomorrow - I'll post what the result is... and the cost.

For the record, an 90 Integra 2dr with an automatic is in no way a hotrod, but that being said, its a decent set of wheels - its got 245000KMs on it, and its been really reliable, sticks to the road like glue in corners, and when its all shined up, still looks cool enough for me. Ok, a Viper would be nicer, but the insurance would kill me.

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Like I said, don't mean to be a jerk, it's just that I've seen other forums with a wealth of knowledge related to Integras, Civics, Eclipses, etc.. That's cool the cop let you off. I was on my way to work the other day going about 15 over and got pulled over for speeding. My speedometer currently dosn't work but I can judge my speed just fine by the tach(didn't tell him that). Anyways he gave me a $40 equipment violation instead of a $53 dollar speeding ticket w/ points on my record so I didn't complain. <img src="graemlins/nono.gif" border="0" alt="[nono]" />
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Just an FYI:

So it turns out, according to the dealership, that one of my horns rusted and shorted out, causing a really bad ground problem that was screwing with the brake lights - something about the same or adjacent circuit. Its fixed now... they had to keep it overnight cuz the guy said that it took the techs awhile to figure it out. My car now has no horn - one was dead, the other worked but he said it was drawing too much current and messing with the circuit. A new set of horns (this thing has 2) is $180 installed - that seems like alot, so I'm gonna check out something aftermarket or go to a wrecker. The horn circuit has been bridged for now. This is the story I got - who knows. It was a weird problem.

I don't know how much of that is true or not, but the lights work. I ended up dropping $1100!!! on the car tho - tuneup, new belts, rear brake discs and a caliper, new tie rod yada yada... I really wish I took automotive in highschool. Instead I took algebra and transformation, and that was pretty much a bust.

Interestingly, I was thinking (hypothetically)if the big-block idea would work - or maybe a 6; the engine bay
on my Integra is a bit crammed, but there looks to be good clearance on either side and the front - if it were possible, could you imagine how devastatingly fast a lite car like that would be? I remember back in the mid-80's reading about Dodge's Omni GLH-turbo edition (remember that econobox?) A cousin of a friend of mine in Michigan got one, and come up to visit (I grew up in a little town that bordered on MI). It only said GLH-turbo on the back decal and the tires were fatter - no dorky swipe appliques on the body. That thing was amazingly fast once the turbo kicked in. It was tiny, but it sounded like a screaming machine when he revved it and for its size, it flew. Then again, I don't recall that Chrysler's turbo engines were all that reliable, so it probably exploded sometime shortly after. But it was worth it just to see the look on peoples' faces when that thing kicked in.

Peace-out and thanks, all!

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