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kent1
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Dec 16, 2012, 11:27 AM

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1994 ford thunderbird v8 70,000 miles
tail lights dont work i only see the bulb for the brake/turn signal light and the backup/reverse light
the fuse blows as soon as u put a new one in i ran a new hot wire and now the backup lights are on all the time but still no tail lights is there no bulb for the long light between the brake and backup light? doesnt make sense please help got to drive to and from work in the dark 6 days a week
also the dash light and ashtray light went out the same time as the tail lights if that helps any.
kent


Hammer Time
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Dec 16, 2012, 11:34 AM

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Stop with the "running a wire" nonsense and find the short circuit. Start out by removing all the bulbs and see if it still blows.



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Sidom
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Dec 16, 2012, 12:14 PM

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Also pull out the cigarette lighter and make sure there isn't a penny or something in there


kent1
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Dec 16, 2012, 12:40 PM

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i did that and the fuse still blows


Sidom
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Dec 16, 2012, 12:48 PM

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Maybe HT will be nice enough to post a wiring diagram for the tail lights for you and if dash & ashtray lights aren't on the same fuse that diagram as well....If they are on different fuses, that will help, look at both them and see what circuits they share....

To save on fuses, what you can do is get a 12v test light, hook the clip to a 12v power source (batt + if it will reach), take out the fuse and probe the load side of the circuit (the one that doesn't have 12v with the fuse out) if the light turns on that would indicate a short in the circuit, You can start disconnecting bulbs, connecters, isolating circuits until the light goes out. Once it goes out, you've taken the short out of the circuit...


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Dec 16, 2012, 1:01 PM

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Maybe HT will be nice enough to post a wiring diagram for the tail lights for you and if dash & ashtray lights aren't on the same fuse that diagram as well..


What's the point? He tried to string a wire to the tail lights.



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kent1
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Dec 16, 2012, 1:30 PM

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i will greatly appreciate a wiring diagram ! PLEASE


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Dec 16, 2012, 1:37 PM

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So, you're saying that you know how to read one?






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kent1
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Dec 16, 2012, 1:48 PM

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yes i can but this does not show me anything about dash light,cig lighter, ashtray light or tail lights


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Dec 16, 2012, 1:50 PM

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Hahaha, sure it doesn't..........



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Dec 16, 2012, 1:56 PM

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What fuse # are you blowing?


kent1
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Dec 16, 2012, 2:03 PM

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its a 10amp PARK LPS fuse dont know the number


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Dec 16, 2012, 2:32 PM

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Ok...I'm flying blind right now so why don't you tell us what you've done so far and where you are at....
Are you using a test light to verify the short? what have you disconnected so far?






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