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Old 10-21-2009, 12:15 AM   #15
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silly question.....same bulb??? never really looked inside of a taillight?? front parking lights on same circuit as well???
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Old 10-21-2009, 12:45 AM   #16
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The bulb will have two filaments, and two connections at the base. One for tail lights, the other for brake lights. It grounds around the perimeter of the base. The socket will have two connectors. That is another place to look for a short. The insulation on the wires where they go through the base of the socket may have gone bad. That will cause a direct short. If the short is at the light socket, usually the wire will burn at or near that point, but not always.

Lots of places to look for shorts to ground. But if the fuse does not burn when the running/tail light wire is removed from the switch, the short is somewhere along that wire. With the unit being fairly old, I might start by looking at the wires where they go through the sockets. Age coupled with vibration can cause the insulation to flake off the wires. I replace the sockets or at least the wire and socket base on lights on older cars during restoration. With age, the spring beneath the bulb connector and the socket base goes bad as well.

I will be interested to hear what you find.
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Old 10-21-2009, 05:35 AM   #17
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if you have a tow receiver on the back you should also check the wiring there.

can you post a picture of a few of the blown fuses. how the fuse melts can indicate the type of overload.
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Old 10-21-2009, 11:03 PM   #18
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i found it!!! after taking apart all the rear taillights, clearance lights, license plate frame light, tow hitch...and finding nothing. the first parking light in front i inspected was the culprit. somehow the two wires had melted together. i separated them...tied it off and turned on the headlight switch....and no blown fuse!!! will buy new part tomorrow!!!

thx for all the advice!!
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