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Tail lights problem

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 32highboy54, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. 32highboy54
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    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.
  2. Harvey29
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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.
  3. 32highboy54
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    32highboy54 Member

    Thanks will give that a try
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    Jcox68rt Member

    Maybe once you sand or rat file it, reassemble with a little di-electric grease where it makes its ground.
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  5. jan bogert
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    jan bogert Member

    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.
  6. 32highboy54
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    32highboy54 Member

    It works just fine now..tank you
  7. GeezersP15
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    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.
  8. Won't work unless one of the wires are grounded. HRP
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    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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