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Okay, here's my probs;
I just bought my Z24 - an '89 - a few weeks ago. The exact model I've been trying to obtain for years now. Anyway, it's got a brake light on the rear spoiler (which I suspect was added post-manufacture) that wasn't working originally when I bought the car. It also has an extra brake light in the rear window that doesn't work, either. All of my fuses check out. I opened the trunk, dropped the rear seat and explored. I found, much to my bewilderment, that the wire leading from the spoiler light was speaker-type wire. . .it's my opinion that someone added this light after the car was obtained. . .the wire led me to another wire that came from the back left tail light, and was spliced into that. It was not connected, though, so I re-connected it to see what would happen. The obvious happened. . .the light comes on when I hit the brake, but also comes on when I turn on my left blinker. It does not come on when I turn on my parking lights/headlights. It does not come on when I turn on my RIGHT blinker, however. I'm not sure where to hook it up. . .I want it to glow lightly like my rear lights do when my parking lights are on, then brighten up when I brake. I don't, however, want it to come on when I put my blinkers on. As far as my rear-window tail light, I just want that to come on when I brake only. Here's the story on that: The bulbs are good, that I know for sure. I took the cover off and messed around with the cables to see if maybe they had been spliced too. They had not. They led down into the trunk and straight into a covered tube full of other wires. After messing with it for awhile and getting frustrated, I left all of the stuff (the cover, the lights, the housing) laying in my back window for a few days while I drove to & fro. I put a speaker back there last week as I had to make room for someone to sit in my back seat (radio sucks, speakers in back seat, another long story), and when I pulled into the grocery store the speaker had slid somewhat to the right side of the window, pulling the two exposed bulbs and the wire with it. The reason I noticed this was because when I was pulling into the parking space and applying the brake, those two uncovered bulbs light up the back of the car! After realizing that someone was not about to hit me from behind, I was overjoyed that my lights were working. I put the car in park, got out, leaned my seat forward and as I watched the lights I applied the brake again. Once again, they lit up. Excellent! I thought. I quickly moved the housing/lights/cover back into place and hit the brake pedal again. No dice. The lights once again became inoperable. So I pulled them back out and messed around with them. Nothing else I did after than ever got them to work again. Confused? Yes, I am. These are but a few of my questions that I'll drop for ya. Hehe. At any rate, I love my car! Raced a guy in a fancy-schmansy dodge truck the other day. One can only wonder: "Why?"
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Sounds like some jerry-rigged it alright, you obviously have the spoiler brake light hooked u to the blinker wire There should be another wire or 2 going into the regular brake lights. Give one of those wires a try. I am not exactly sure how it works on the 88-90's, because i think they may have a seperate bulb for the parking lights and the brake lights, where as on the 91-94's, I beleive that the same bulb is used for both, at a different voltage. So, i am not sure whether or not you will be able to get the light to glow all the time, then brighten with the brakes. Just find some different wires going to the brake lights and give it a try

As for the window brake light, sounds like you have a short somewhere near the light itself. is there any corrosion on or near the bulb contacts? Or missing solder?

Good luck! Glad you finally got the car you wanted
 

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Check your brake switch and make sure a wire has not come loose. You may want to test this switch to make sure it is operational. They do go bad.
If you havent done so, purchase a service manual like Chiltons or Haynes and the provide a wiring diagram for your car. Hope this helps.
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