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steve



Joined: 03 Dec 2005
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Location: Illinois

PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2006 9:21 pm    Post subject: stock trailer wiring Reply with quote

Discovered today that one of the turn signals on the stock trailer did not work. Everything else was ok. Messed with the connection a bit and then nothing worked with the exception of the marker lights flashing when the left turn signal was turned on. This is the one that did not work earlier. Meter tells me that the problem is after the truck. Any thoughts on where to start? I really hate trailer lights! Thanks.
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Kelvin



Joined: 28 Nov 2005
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Location: Richfield, NC

PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2006 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check all the grounds. Sounds like its finding the ground through the light that wasn't working. Meaning it was finding a ground back up the other filament of the other bulb to another ground connection. as almost all (American) tail lights combine the stop and turn filaments in 1 bulb.

You also need a ground back through the plug to the vehicle.

Also, The last time I messed with trailer wiring there were mashed up wires where the axles apparrently sometimes contact the frame.
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steve



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kelvin, thank you for your suggetions. After several hours of checking grounds, comnnections, bulbs, wires and anything else that I could think of, I tested the lights coming off the truck again. It turns out that the converter box was working on a part time basis. I am not sure how or why, but it definetly wasn't right. Sixty dollars and about ten minutes later, I was back in business. There appears to be a big difference in the quality of these things. Cheap is not the way to go. I bought the new one from a shop that installs hitches.Thanks..
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