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Old 08-10-2010, 02:58 PM
jimspinnin jimspinnin is offline
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Default tail lights not working???

I just bought a 2002 Ranger XLT 2wd and the rear tail lights are not working. Front lights turn signals ect are working and when I put the turn signal on it is going real fast. Anyone know what this can be, I don't even know where to start.
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Old 08-10-2010, 03:09 PM
01_ranger_4x4 01_ranger_4x4 is offline
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Default Re: tail lights not working???

have you checked all your fuses? do any of the rear lights work at all? if your fuses are good crawl under the back of your truck and look for a large wiring harness that will run down the left side (drivers side) inner frame rail. follow it back towards the rear bumper and there will be a plug connector, make sure its plugged in. thats where the tail lights plug in to the truck wiring. see picture below:



NOTE: your plug might be more difficult to see if you have a spare tire under there.
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Old 08-10-2010, 03:30 PM
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Default Re: tail lights not working???

It was the plug!!! It was unplugged from when my Fiances brother was working on it. Now I just need to find a place to make me some exhaust pipes since the old ones won't fit from when we lowered it, lol
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Old 08-10-2010, 06:03 PM
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awesome, glad it was an easy fix.
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Old 08-10-2010, 06:09 PM
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Default Re: tail lights not working???

happened to mine one time, it was the brake pedal position sensor
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Old 08-10-2010, 10:48 PM
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Default Re: tail lights not working???

happened to me once late at night. got pulled over then and the cop put me through a bunch of sobriety tests.

my bulb had fried tho
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Old 08-11-2010, 07:41 AM
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Default Re: tail lights not working???

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happened to me once late at night. got pulled over then and the cop put me through a bunch of sobriety tests.

my bulb had fried tho
Did u pass the tests? lol
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Old 08-11-2010, 11:46 PM
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yeah lol. i woulda been pissed if i didnt especially because i was honestly sober lol
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Old 08-12-2010, 02:33 AM
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Default Re: tail lights not working???

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It was the plug!!!
You need to remember that fast turn signals mean a bulb (or two) has burnt out (or the plug open) which reduced the current load on the flasher.

Slow turn signals mean a short in the circuit which increases the current load on the flasher.

Since you've taken care of the plug, next time you notice a fast indicator, take a turn around the truck to inspect the lights and replace the one which went out.
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