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Old 08-31-2009, 05:57 PM   #1
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Short wire on clearance light

Any suggestions on replacing this light? The black wire is only 3/4 inch long and I can not pull any more out. The light is on the rear left side.
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Old 08-31-2009, 06:30 PM   #2
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You could try a "butt" connector to add some length, IF it will pass through the hole.. I am swaping all mine for LED's, so far I have not run into one that short..
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I had to solder an extension on one of my light leads and use some heatshrink tubing around the joint. Then I fed the connection back inside the skin to keep it from being exposed to anything. Ended up adding about 8" (more than needed this time) but hating dragging everything out for one connection.

Good luck (I wanted to go LED but couldn't get the courage to pay $10 per light when I could buy brand new lights with bulbs that are direct replacements for $2.29).

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Old 08-31-2009, 07:07 PM   #4
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Thanks DD & Alex. I had not thought about the solder & shrink and pushing more wire back in. That should solve the problem. I may go LED on the next one but I've already bought the replacement.
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I replaced mine with led and had two the same way. I cut them off as far out as I could and added wire. I used "Dolphin" connectors. They are good for wet locations and already have the rubber cover with lube interior.
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short wire

Clip a clothespin or small pair of vise grips to the wire prior to soldering so you dont lose it. I had this same problem with two lights and lost one wire back through the hole. So far I'm at a loss as to what to do about this drilled hole to 5/16 and fished around with a small wire hook but to no avail. So far it hasn't shorted out on anything but I know it's coming.
If shrink tape won't go through a couple of strokes with a small file should do it,put a little dab of vulkem around hole to seal. Good luck!
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Good luck (I wanted to go LED but couldn't get the courage to pay $10 per light when I could buy brand new lights with bulbs that are direct replacements for $2.29).

Good luck!
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Caught them on sale, every one of them on the trailer needed changing, figured the advantage of never having to mess with them again was worth the double price over old style and new bulbs.
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I replaced all my marker lites last fall. I got all my lites from the local Fruehuf Trailer Dealer. I think they cost me $1.99 each. I also had to add extension wire on several lites. Just make sure you put veluem or some kind of sealer in the wire and screw holes to make sure you have no leaks.
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Old 09-12-2009, 05:11 PM   #9
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Another project done!

Finally got around to fixing the light. I had been dreading this because the wire was so short that I figured I had one shot at it. I clamped the wire with a surgical clamp I had and cut the wire as close as I could to the old fixture. Cleaned the wire and used another clamp to hold together while I tried to solder. Do not know whether it was me, the gun or solder but I had to apply three times. Finally got a good bead and it held tight. I used the shrink wrap and electrical tape for good measure. Sealed the holes with cord putty and done.
I replaced with LCD because I did not want to have to do this again. As the rest need replacing, I'll do LCD as well. They probably have all been replaced at some time and I expect they will all have short wires as well.
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