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Old 10-20-2010, 05:48 PM
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Default parklamp/ grounding issue.. kinda lost on this one

forgive me if this was already posted but I'm fairly new to this forum
I'm a member of other ones like 460forum, and vintage mustang and find these to be quit helpful especially when it comes to issues like this ...

Ok I was driving in the rain the other day while going to work and my dash lights and parking lamps went out. so i check the fuses and replaced the park-lamp fuse under the hood "slot 11 15amp" i then trouble shoot the harness and check all the bulbs for wetness and to see if they shorted out anywhere. i used my multimeter to test for interruptions and i can't find any problems between the headlight switch and the fuse panels.
well I'm fresh out of ideas atm...... I log a lot of miles on this truck "450 a week" and it is old but runs like a champ 99.9 % of the time.
I keep her well maintained because I'm a little anal like that. and the only thing after market on it is a CB plugged into the cig lighter. my battery is due for replacement its right at 5 yrs old. and my tag light bulbs are kinda loose inside the housing but they didn't short out. so my question is do any of you think this problem could be in the column itself. in the past the windshield washer wand/hazards switch has given me problems but nothing persistent just periodic hesitation" . problem with that theory is the wand works fine and hazards work fine. no trailer harness or any other attachments.
with that stated I leave the floor open for suggestions .........................




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Old 10-21-2010, 05:28 PM
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Default Re: parklamp/ grounding issue.. kinda lost on this one

no one has any ideas ? can anyone refer me to a site that hosts free wiring diagrams?
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Old 10-23-2010, 08:16 AM
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Default Re: parklamp/ grounding issue.. kinda lost on this one

i diagnosed the parklamp relay today everything checks out
instrument panel fuse was good as well..... i bought a chiltons with dagrams i'm hittin the column this afternoon...
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Old 10-23-2010, 06:23 PM
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Default Re: parklamp/ grounding issue.. kinda lost on this one

figured it out got em workin...
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Old 10-23-2010, 07:16 PM
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Default Re: parklamp/ grounding issue.. kinda lost on this one

You replaced the fuse and everything worked fine and it didn't blow again?? Hard to track down the cause until it does it again.
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Old 10-25-2010, 07:13 PM
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Default Re: parklamp/ grounding issue.. kinda lost on this one

Yea i traced it down to this copper strip attached to ahot wire that sits inside the ignition cylinder.
it's part of the alarm system which runs from the same fuse as the parking lamps..

you know that sound you hear when u open the doors and leave the lights on? This thing is what does that.

Well this thing was loose and grounding out on the ignition cylinder housing itself. "it's fairly common with older vehicles" after time components just wear out and get loose..

idk 4 hours of troubleshooting with a multimeter and i was only out $3.00 for fuses and $19.67 for a Chiltons.
"because Haynes doesn't carry wiring diagrams and that's the one i had"
all good.............. .........
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