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rear red tailights issue *always ON bright mode* help please

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rear red tailights issue *always ON bright mode* help please

car is 2012 honda civic sedan:

when DRL is on, normal daytime driving, everything is ok, all lights working...ie, when i brake the red back top rear or middle light comes on,whatever u call it, the third brake i believe its called

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at night time: one click of the ignition key, the front amber side lights come on right, headlights still off, drl's on i think...every thing is normal...all the rear light up and when i step on the brake it lights up brighter...problem is when i do 2 clicks and put on the headlights... all my rear RED lights light up really bright red, including the third brake light (as if im braking) so the drivers behind me won't know im braking..thats NOT normal right? i tried video taping the rear part of my car but i didn't upload the video yet...its kinda hard to see at daytime lol

anyone have clues? thx

edit: forgot to mention all my bulbs are NOT stock lol...they all chinese LEDs bulbs...prolly the reason right?

cheers
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mikka2017 wrote: car is 2012 honda civic sedan:

when DRL is on, normal daytime driving, everything is ok, all lights working...ie, when i brake the red back top rear or middle light comes on,whatever u call it, the third brake i believe its called

Image

at night time: one click of the ignition key, the front amber side lights come on right, headlights still off, drl's on i think...every thing is normal...all the rear light up and when i step on the brake it lights up brighter...problem is when i do 2 clicks and put on the headlights... all my rear RED lights light up really bright red, including the third brake light (as if im braking) so the drivers behind me won't know im braking..thats NOT normal right? i tried video taping the rear part of my car but i didn't upload the video yet...its kinda hard to see at daytime lol

anyone have clues? thx

edit: forgot to mention all my bulbs are NOT stock lol...they all chinese LEDs bulbs...prolly the reason right?

cheers
Lol, prolly!
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LED bulbs require less power so if the car was originally halogen and you put in random LED (that aren't designed for your car) it's probably your issue.
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Yes, led bulbs use a different current, and you may need a resistor to balance it. For many cars, when you use an improper LED bulb as the signal light, the car will detect an incorrect voltage and will blink very quickly. This blinking is a feature to tell the driver that the bulb is not working properly.

I assume your bulbs are all eBay specials and not the led bulbs that comes with a proper resistor or voltage current adapter?
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AFAIK civics dont measure the current that goes to the bulbs. Try to put back the halogen bulbs and see if it makes a difference but my guess is the brake light switch is stuck closed or a short somewhere in the circuit.
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I agree with posts above.

First step to troubleshoot this issue: replace all aftermarket bulbs with the OEM bulbs. If problem goes away, then obviously the cause was the bulbs.

If the problem is still there, even with the OEM bulbs, it is probably a fried relay in the headlight wiring.
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motomondo wrote: I agree with posts above.

First step to troubleshoot this issue: replace all aftermarket bulbs with the OEM bulbs. If problem goes away, then obviously the cause was the bulbs.

If the problem is still there, even with the OEM bulbs, it is probably a fried relay in the headlight wiring.
I bet OP threw out all of the original halogens and is not going to go out and spend money on replacements.
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FrozenFinger wrote: my guess is the brake light switch is stuck closed
That was my 1st thought. After rereading the OP, I don't think that is the situation.
mikka2017 wrote: ...ie, when i brake the red back top rear or middle light comes on,whatever u call it, the third brake i believe its called
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at night time... ...all the rear light up and when i step on the brake it lights up brighter.
Short is possible, cheap bulbs likely.
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ya, my car is hyperblinking lol, i sort of like the hyperblinking, basically all my bulbs are LED aftermarket...headlights are HID kit, some cheap 8k one for 60 bucks last year , i have blue led DRLs bulbs, i have to use a resistor relay, i forgot what its called, canbus driver piece so it doesn't show the DRL on warning sign on the dash (prevents it)

im suprised i haven't been stopped by the cops with my lights yet, its dangerous for the driver behind me if ur braking and the red lights don't go brighter right?

i'll take a pic of my under the hood/bulbs setup when im not lazy...thx for all who replied
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mikka2017 wrote: ya, my car is hyperblinking lol, i sort of like the hyperblinking, basically all my bulbs are LED aftermarket...headlights are HID kit, some cheap 8k one for 60 bucks last year , i have blue led DRLs bulbs, i have to use a resistor relay, i forgot what its called, canbus driver piece so it doesn't show the DRL on warning sign on the dash (prevents it)

im suprised i haven't been stopped by the cops with my lights yet, its dangerous for the driver behind me if ur braking and the red lights don't go brighter right?

i'll take a pic of my under the hood/bulbs setup when im not lazy...thx for all who replied
Dangerous for both the other driver as well as you. If the other guy misjudges the distance and/or misjudges whether or not you’re braking then he might hit you. Depending on speeds involved, you risk getting hurt when they crash into you.

So for your own personal safety too, please don’t delay and get this fixed ASAP.
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CanadianLurker wrote: Dangerous for both the other driver as well as you. If the other guy misjudges the distance and/or misjudges whether or not you’re braking then he might hit you. Depending on speeds involved, you risk getting hurt when they crash into you.

So for your own personal safety too, please don’t delay and get this fixed ASAP.
That's why you have to drive defensively and judge the distance versus the brake lights.
I've driven behind those in a manual that would just roll as long as they can.
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vkizzle wrote: That's why you have to drive defensively and judge the distance versus the brake lights.
I've driven behind those in a manual that would just roll as long as they can.
Agreed. But sadly, too many people are oblivious on the roads and OP is running the risk of accidentally meeting one of them by driving around with his LED setup.

I guess on the bright side, pardon the pun, he stands a better chance of avoiding a rear end collision with full bright brake lights on compared to running dark or dim or only one light working - which I see way too often.
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mikka2017 wrote: ya, my car is hyperblinking lol, i sort of like the hyperblinking, basically all my bulbs are LED aftermarket...headlights are HID kit, some cheap 8k one for 60 bucks last year , i have blue led DRLs bulbs, i have to use a resistor relay, i forgot what its called, canbus driver piece so it doesn't show the DRL on warning sign on the dash (prevents it)

im suprised i haven't been stopped by the cops with my lights yet, its dangerous for the driver behind me if ur braking and the red lights don't go brighter right?

i'll take a pic of my under the hood/bulbs setup when im not lazy...thx for all who replied
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mikka2017 wrote: ya, my car is hyperblinking lol, i sort of like the hyperblinking, basically all my bulbs are LED aftermarket...headlights are HID kit, some cheap 8k one for 60 bucks last year , i have blue led DRLs bulbs, i have to use a resistor relay, i forgot what its called, canbus driver piece so it doesn't show the DRL on warning sign on the dash (prevents it)

im suprised i haven't been stopped by the cops with my lights yet, its dangerous for the driver behind me if ur braking and the red lights don't go brighter right?

i'll take a pic of my under the hood/bulbs setup when im not lazy...thx for all who replied
If you get lots of middle fingers from people you pass, please aim your headlights properly and put them in a HID-designed housing.
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Lost cause folks...
He's not even taking this issue seriously.
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vkizzle wrote: Lost cause folks...
He's not even taking this issue seriously.
No kidding... knew it was the bulbs before posting and didn't even try to put the old ones in to see. was told to swap after posting and instead posts about all the other BS lighting that's going on. I hope for a traffic stop on this one with the follow up post about how they were stopped for no reason. :facepalm:
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Do yourself a favour and do a proper HID retrofit (they aren't hard to do) and remove anything that isn't legal (HIDs in projector housings, blue DRLs, break light LEDs that aren't working properly) because you are not only being a safety risk to yourself but other motorists and pedestrians around you; do some research before wasting your $ on cheaply made china ebay LEDs that won't last long or worse, catch fire.
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mikka2017 wrote: car is 2012 honda civic sedan:

when DRL is on, normal daytime driving, everything is ok, all lights working...ie, when i brake the red back top rear or middle light comes on,whatever u call it, the third brake i believe its called

Image

at night time: one click of the ignition key, the front amber side lights come on right, headlights still off, drl's on i think...every thing is normal...all the rear light up and when i step on the brake it lights up brighter...problem is when i do 2 clicks and put on the headlights... all my rear RED lights light up really bright red, including the third brake light (as if im braking) so the drivers behind me won't know im braking..thats NOT normal right? i tried video taping the rear part of my car but i didn't upload the video yet...its kinda hard to see at daytime lol

anyone have clues? thx

edit: forgot to mention all my bulbs are NOT stock lol...they all chinese LEDs bulbs...prolly the reason right?

cheers

mikka2017 wrote: ya, my car is hyperblinking lol, i sort of like the hyperblinking, basically all my bulbs are LED aftermarket...headlights are HID kit, some cheap 8k one for 60 bucks last year , i have blue led DRLs bulbs, i have to use a resistor relay, i forgot what its called, canbus driver piece so it doesn't show the DRL on warning sign on the dash (prevents it)

im suprised i haven't been stopped by the cops with my lights yet, its dangerous for the driver behind me if ur braking and the red lights don't go brighter right?

i'll take a pic of my under the hood/bulbs setup when im not lazy...thx for all who replied
Why people try to pimp their car with low end aftermarket parts? Why would you want HID's in a lens that have not been designed for HID's? And, above all this, you are concious that it can be dangerous for both of you and other road users? Man, I'd be shyto ask all those questions here, and, you look to already know the answers....

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