Hi! I just joined this site today but have been reading stuff on here for a little while. Anyhoo, so I am having the same problem but don't have or know how to solder. I'm sure I can find a "how to" video but I really want to get this thing fixed today. Is there anything besides soldering that I may have lying around my garage/house that can be used to fix this problem? Thank you!
Hi there HK! I recently replaced my tail light assemblies because I had no brake lights. The cost was not bad, just slightly over $250 for the pair. More than some might want to pay, but I thought they were a good value. I had the usual little warning light on my dash. I was in my 'fraidy cat' phase so I drove to The Dealer and they replaced the bulb in the drive lane. All it cost me was the bulb so I was happy! Until that warning light came on again. This time The Dealer found the little bulb socket was gone. I purchased a replacement and another bulb and off again I went! After the light came on again, I purchased another socket and bulb and had a go at replacing it myself. Eventually the problem manifested in the other side as well I tried several times to replace the bulbs and even the bulb sockets, but no joy. I asked the dealer if the recall had been performed on my car and of course - it had. I was out of luck.
I didn't like the price they gave me for repair by them so I decided to try it myself.
When I removed the light assemblies to replace them, I saw the metal conductor plate on the back had popped off it's little plastic mounting post on one side of the opening for the brake light socket. The bit of melted plastic intended to keep it in place had broken off. This had happened on both assemblies. This meant there was no way to lock the socket in place and therefore it would not receive power through the the metal conductor plate, thus no power to the bulb. The post had broken at the weld point so there was no fixing either unit. This could happen from heat fatigue of the plastic as the socket puts force against the little weld. It could also happen if an attempt to insert the socket incorrectly was joined with too much force.
Your post did not indicate if you had removed the housing, bulb sockets, etc. I thought I would share the above info with you. Unfortunately, I don't have a picture to show you. If you have not already done so, I would recommend you remove a housing for inspection. The solder method would work fine it it is just pitted metal, but if you have any other fault in your light assemblies, you should consider replacing.
If I ever have another bulb out, I will remove the housing to replace the bulb. Then I can make sure I get the socket installed properly.
Good luck with this issue! I hope you get it sorted soon.