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Old 09-09-2010, 06:00 AM   #1
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Wiring to rear turn/brake lights

I removed the rear light assembly and now can't remember the correct connection of the wires to this assembly.

Any assistance appreciated.
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Old 09-09-2010, 07:15 AM   #2
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The first way is by trial and error. Hook up the TV and TT - and work thru the wiring one at a time. Or, you might just look at the wiring and hook up the same color wire from the trailer to the light. Unless you changed the wiring - then it is back to the first way. IMHO
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Old 09-09-2010, 07:31 AM   #3
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A small test light and a note pad
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Old 09-09-2010, 08:12 AM   #4
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I removed the rear light assembly and now can't remember the correct connection of the wires to this assembly.Any assistance appreciated.
These diagrams are for a '78 - might be similar.

Double click on the images for an expanded view.









Included here is a colored schematic of the interior wiring - it's nothing to do with the running lights, but may be of help later.
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If you just remove the tail light assembly, there shouldn't be any need to check all of the trailer wiring. Does the assembly have more than one bulb? Perhaps a bulb for back up lights. Most have a dual filament bulb. If you only have the tail light assembly with one bulb, it has a dual filament. They are offset within the bulb. The filament closest to the base of the bulb is the brake light and is much brighter when on than the other filament. Go ahead and connect the wires coming out of the trailer to the new fixture, make sure the fixture is mounted so it has a ground. Then turn on the headlights in the TV, if the filament furthest from the base is lit, you got it right, if not, reverse the two wires and test it again. Once it is right, be sure to test the brake light. Good Luck
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I removed the rear light assembly and now can't remember the correct connection of the wires to this assembly.

Any assistance appreciated.
Ditto ...

The original light has two wires as does the trailer.

Sadly the replacement light only has one wire.

So by trial and error, either it will work or not.
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Reading the schematics encountered via an external search, green should be positive (12vdc) and white should be ground.

Sadly BOTH multimeters are in Mexico - ooops!

I'll return later after installing the new license plate light and subsequent smoke test.

Why there wasn't a forum like this when I was a teenager working on my 41 Ford pickup is beyond me. Oh yeah, Al Gore hadn't invented the internet yet.
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I can still read schematics as well as fix stuff.

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