2004 Sorento - what would cause tail lights to not work, yet all other lights (signal, brake, etc) all do?

Asked by Dec 30, 2011 at 10:41 PM about the 2004 Kia Sorento

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Tail lights not working. Checked bulbs and fuse.

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bad ground in tail light fixtures.

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i have found in the manual that there is a battery saving feature and when it's on, it will shut off the taillights, i have gone through the manual and have done the sequence in which it asks you to do, i have managed to get them working that way but it's not an easy process and vey frustrating , open driver side door, turn off and on lights,.. thats all it said, and i had spent 30 mins to an hour trying that method before they turned on,

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when my tail lights stopped working a friend told me to put in a fuse he had same problem,when i checked there was no fuse in the tail fuse spot .so i put one in,alls well now

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I had this problem with my 2003 Kia Sorento. All lights except tailights worked. Some people may tell you to change the DRL (Daytime Running Lights Module) which is really expensive. I found a very and simple solution. Under your hood in the relay panel there is a spot labelled EXT. It most likely has a dummy fuse in that space. My space was labelled for a 15A Fuse so I removed the dummy and added a 15A Fuse and it worked! It bypasses the module and your tailights will work again.

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This is known grounding wire issue with Sorento. Had mine replaced for free and haven't had any more issues.

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thanks for the info on changes the ext fuse it work now I have tail lights

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The EXT fuse worked. Ours had been replaced before and the fuse had blown. Thanks.

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I have a 2004 Sedona and replacing the EXT fuse was the fix for me. . . ^_^

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