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Old 07-21-2013, 12:53 PM   #1
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Default Tail lights problem

Here's my problem. I found some tail lights housing and sockets I want to use on my 32. They are old 6 volt style. I am keeping the the sockets but I switched out from a single contact to a dual contact pigtail. I am getting juice to the pigtail but when I turn on the head lights the tail lights won't go on. Even if I touch one of the contact on the pigtail with the prob tester I get juice.
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Old 07-21-2013, 01:11 PM   #2
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make sure the the housing and the socket are both grounded. When I installed mine I had to use a rat tail file and clean the bore where the socket goes through.
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Old 07-21-2013, 01:14 PM   #3
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Thanks will give that a try
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Old 07-21-2013, 01:20 PM   #4
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Maybe once you sand or rat file it, reassemble with a little di-electric grease where it makes its ground.
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Old 07-21-2013, 01:23 PM   #5
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do u have a 6 volt system, or a 12 volt? I know on my 6 volt system, I had to ground the housing an the more ground the better.
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Old 07-21-2013, 01:32 PM   #6
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It works just fine now..tank you
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Old 07-21-2013, 01:34 PM   #7
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Default Re: Tail lights problem

The bulb and the contacts in the socket may not be aligned correctly. If you are using a 1157 bulb, you may have to do a bit of surgery on the socket so that the indexing pins on the bulb ensure that the bulb is firmly seated against the contacts in the socket.

Oh well, I guess I didn't type fast enough. Disregard please.
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Old 07-21-2013, 02:55 PM   #8
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Won't work unless one of the wires are grounded. HRP
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Old 07-21-2013, 03:10 PM   #9
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Default Re: Tail lights problem

Sounds like you got it.

The socket housing always needs grounded wether it is through the light housing or a ground wire coming off the socket housing

6 -12 volts, makes no difference.
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