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Old 05-20-2010, 12:25 PM   #1
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Oh No!! What to do...clearance lights...

I removed the clearance lights on my 1972 Ambassador so I could polish the trailer and to replaced the worn out lights with new ones. Here is the problem...Whoever replaced them before connected quick disconnects on the wire to extend them and then pushed them into the tiny wire hole into the body panel. As I light;y pulled the clearance light an inch away from the body panel...the quick connect disconnected inside the body. There is no room to even look for the wire let alone pull it back through. What should I do??? The same thing happened on 3 different lights...Thanks in advance for any advice you might give.

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Old 05-20-2010, 12:29 PM   #2
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Can you carefully enlarge the hole a bit to get some tweezers or needle nosed pliers in there to grab the wire? As long as the hole remains under the light base, and you seal it really well with vulkum, I would think you'd ok with it not leaking. I'm thinking a 1/2" or smaller hole.

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Old 05-20-2010, 12:32 PM   #3
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Use a big crochet hook or make a hook out of coathanger, a piece of HT fence wire, or a street sweeper bristle.
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Old 05-20-2010, 01:24 PM   #4
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Old 05-20-2010, 01:34 PM   #5
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if you decide to drill the hole larger, which is what I did, I had very good luck with this:

then I used the grabber dealies shown above.
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Old 05-20-2010, 01:53 PM   #6
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The problem is reconnecting the wires, if the end with the connector is buried inside of the wall and cannot be pulled out due to being too short, you will have a very difficult time getting these back together. In mine the wires were taped to the inside of the shell close to each hole, like an inch or two at most. You may want to try fishing around in the hole with a hook of some kind to snag the wire. Most of mine also had a little extra wire length beyond the tape.

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Old 05-20-2010, 01:53 PM   #7
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usually the wire is not far from the hole, the po of my tradewind removed the lights, poked the wires back in the hole, then placed gobs of silicon over the hole. I had good luck fishing around with the ground wire from some 14ga romex (just bare soild copper wire) Once I had the wire out the connector was pulled out with very thin needlenose pliers
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