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Old 01-10-2011, 10:28 AM   #1
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Tail Light Monitors?

How do the tail light monitors on an Airstream work? I have the small tail light monitor on the street side of my AS. Two small amber lights tell me that my brake lights and turn signals are operating. I thought these were just little incandescent bulbs but when I was working on the tail lights this weekend I noticed that the pickup end of the wires is a glass eye that is inserted in the back side of the tail light assembly. I noticed that one of the amber monitors is brighter than the other and I'm wondering how I can fix this?
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The system employs fiber optics not lights. The brightness of one over the other is probably due to the dim side was not being mounted properly or dirty. Make sure the ends are clean and free of dirt and are seated well on the can. My '72 had the same issue but I recently changed out my tail lights to LEDs so I no longer have this capability.
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Thanks MIke. I was/am considering the change-over to LED's myself. Its good to know that the sacrifice of the monitors should be taken into consideration.
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Thanks MIke. I was/am considering the change-over to LED's myself. Its good to know that the sacrifice of the monitors should be taken into consideration.
You shouldn't have to eliminate the monitor when installing LED's; just make sure the fiber optic cables (they aren't wire, but fiber optics) that run to the monitor are placed back in the light housing to transmit the light from the new LED lights!
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