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Old February 23rd, 2009, 01:58 PM
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Parking light woes

Ok before I tear my hair out and or ship my truck to my "electrical" guy. My truck is a 1984 RHD and the only parking light that will work is the LH front.

I have tried new switches high/low directional and on off headlight and that didn't change a thing. If I run a wire from the battery to the LH rear light I can make the 3 lights work that do not work any other time. Also doing this does NOT make the LH front one come on that one will only work with the switch.

I have a appointment with an ex Fiat electricial mechanic for Friday but I would rather fix it before that.

Any idea's as to what the problem could be?


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Start @ the fuse box. If there is power to both sides of the two park lamp fuses then move to the plug on the bulkhead in the engine compartment where the rear wiring harness plugs into the main harness. Two of those pins should have juice when the lights are on. Your truck is a bit different in that its been rebuilt on a galvy chassis and the wiring loom for the rear is run down the top of the frame instead of through it. There might be a spot where the wires have been pinched ? At least its accessable.
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Ok before I tear my hair out and or ship my truck to my "electrical" guy. My truck is a 1984 RHD and the only parking light that will work is the LH front.

I have tried new switches high/low directional and on off headlight and that didn't change a thing. If I run a wire from the battery to the LH rear light I can make the 3 lights work that do not work any other time. Also doing this does NOT make the LH front one come on that one will only work with the switch.

I have a appointment with an ex Fiat electricial mechanic for Friday but I would rather fix it before that.

Any idea's as to what the problem could be?


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If it was a ground issue would my hotwire from the battery of worked? Yes 12V Electrical is NOT my strong point.

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Have you tried swapping those damned bullet fuses out with fresh ones?
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Have you tried swapping those damned bullet fuses out with fresh ones?
put dielectric grease on the new ones before snapping them in as well

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If it was a ground issue would my hotwire from the battery of worked? Yes 12V Electrical is NOT my strong point.

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Possibly with the higher amerage of the direct wire from the battery
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Well, it sounds like the three lights get their power from the same place, but the other one is getting it from somewhere else (the switch). Have they ever worked as long as you have had the vehicle? I would try tracing the wires from the lights that are not working, I'll bet they share a common point of failure.
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