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Old 01-02-2012, 08:11 AM
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Default tail light fuse blowing

My tail light fuse keeps blowing (the one in the engine compartment). I'm guessing there's a short somewhere but cant seem to track it down. Is this a common problem with an easy fix?
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:39 AM
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If you have a trailer light harness in the back, see if it is corroded.

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Old 01-02-2012, 09:03 AM
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Default Re: tail light fuse blowing

Don't have one but the wiring to one of my fog lights is looking a little rough. I'll check it out. Thanks!
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Old 01-02-2012, 11:35 AM
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Tracked it down to the dimmer switch. Turn it to med high or on and it blows the fuse. Anyone else ever have this problem?

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Holly crap!!!!! 109 bucks for a new switch. Thinking I'm going to red neck engineer it!
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Old 01-02-2012, 11:39 AM
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go get a new switch from the junkyard man
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Old 01-02-2012, 11:46 AM
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go get a new switch from the junkyard man
x2, I don't think the dimmer switch is easily rigged because of a floating ground system
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Old 01-02-2012, 11:58 AM
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I also say you should get one from a salvage yard. shouldn't be very expensive at all.

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Old 01-02-2012, 05:41 PM
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The salvage yards out here are somewhat lacking... I'm thinking it may not be the switch, or maybe it is, I don't know. I have it in now and as long as I keep it half way down the fuse doesn't blow. The dash lights however do not work. The idiot lights are on but gauge lights and heater/ac light not so much.
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Old 01-02-2012, 05:42 PM
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wtf are the idiot lights?
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wtf are the idiot lights?
check engine, check guage, charging system...those lol
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Old 01-02-2012, 06:34 PM
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Well it sounds to me like it could be the dimmer switch or it could be a problem in the cluster or stereo backlighting. It's a 50/50 shot. Increasing the dimmer increases the current draw and a problem on the circuit or the switch would manifest itself exactly the same. You might want to try bypassing the dimmer all together and see if it pops the fuse.
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Old 01-03-2012, 07:42 PM
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Default Re: tail light fuse blowing

I used a jumper wire to mimic the switch being on high and the fuse blew. Does this tell me its not the switch? Maybe I just jumped it wrong. Anyone know where I can get a wiring diagram?
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Old 01-04-2012, 05:07 AM
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If the switch was totally disconnected when you did this, it tells me the problem is in the cluster or stereo backlighting.
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Old 01-04-2012, 04:49 PM
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If the switch was totally disconnected when you did this, it tells me the problem is in the cluster or stereo backlighting.
The switch was out when I did that. I have an after market stereo (using original harness) I'm pretty sure its all working correctly. I did have the cluster out and when I put it back in it worked fine for a day or so. I pulled it today and there is no obvious sign of bare wires or anything like that. I have a multimeter but am unsure what to test or how. I miss my dash lights!
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Old 01-04-2012, 06:28 PM
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Well, I would start by disconnecting the backlighting wire from the aftermarket stereo and see if the problem goes away. Some aftermarket stereos do not use this wire anyway. If yours does use it, just disconnect it.
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