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Old 06-30-2008, 09:27 AM   #1
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Question No blinkers / tail lights / Park lights

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i was out over the weekend and noticed I had no blinkers, tail lights, or park lights. I found that i had a 40A fuse blown under the hood. I tried to replace it and "POP" went the fuse. I realize I have a short in the wiring somewhere, but does any one have any tips on how to track / trace the short??? Any help would be great!

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Old 06-30-2008, 09:56 AM   #2
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I hate it when it does that. I had that in car I was selling once, so I put a stronger fuse it there just to sell the car
yeah I know that sucks hehehe.
Doesnt that usually mean that something somewhere isnt grounded? Maybe take the tail lights apart and see if theres anything obvious. Sorry i cant help much I cheated when this happened to me

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Old 06-30-2008, 11:59 AM   #3
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Look under the Jeep (especially in the front) and inspect the harness to see if it's rubbing on the frame. You most likely nailed one of the wires under the front fender. Unless you were playing U-boat commander, then I'd check the lights for water.
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Look under the Jeep (especially in the front) and inspect the harness to see if it's rubbing on the frame. You most likely nailed one of the wires under the front fender. Unless you were playing U-boat commander, then I'd check the lights for water.


HA HA HA!!!! No, no water....but wed / thursday of last week I did play off-road baja...I was a little full of the sauce, and blasted up and down the trails bouncing around pretty damn hard...Of course I didn't notice the problem until this last weekend....

I pulled the tail lights, and they look "normal"...i know there is a wire that is a direct short somewhere..it's just a matter of finding it...i hate electrical problems!!!!
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What about that connector that allows you to open the tailgate up and creates the contact when you close it. I always thought that was a bit dodgy. Did that come loose?
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What about that connector that allows you to open the tailgate up and creates the contact when you close it. I always thought that was a bit dodgy. Did that come loose?
It's never been hooked up...I have the TJ frame / wiring on a YJ body
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Anyone have any otherideas as to how to find the short...aside from tracing every single wire?
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Nope...no magic sensor on this job. I'd get a shop manual (with an electrical diagram) and a multi-meter (set it to ohms). Unplug every connect, one by one and test the circuit that's shorted. Eventually, you will find the bad one. It might be a hidden butt splice that opened or a fryed wire that's hitting the chassis or another wire.
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Nope...no magic sensor on this job. I'd get a shop manual (with an electrical diagram) and a multi-meter (set it to ohms). Unplug every connect, one by one and test the circuit that's shorted. Eventually, you will find the bad one. It might be a hidden butt splice that opened or a fryed wire that's hitting the chassis or another wire.

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Dude, that sucks. Well I guess now it will be a trailer queen...

Well seeing that you created your own wiring harness when you built the beast, it sounds like a ground wire came loose...

Here are my thoughts...since it is affecting all the tail, park, and blinkers this would lead me to beleive that the disconnect is somewhere close to the fuse box and not at the ends of the lights. If you can remember when you built the beast, trace back from the fuse box location and go backwards to the lights. I bet you will find a loose connection pretty quickly before it starts to branch off to the individual lights.

If you want to discuss more, call me, you know I am always here to help.

SIDE NOTE: was thinking of coming to your neck of the woods real soon to check out some of the new ORV parks in your hood...
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Find all the visible wiring related to the tail lights and JIGGLE as much as you can JIGGLE lol
Does the fuse pop as soon as you put it in or when you turn the lights on?
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Find all the visible wiring related to the tail lights and JIGGLE as much as you can JIGGLE lol
Does the fuse pop as soon as you put it in or when you turn the lights on?

As soon as I put it in..."POP" got the fuse....
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Honestly, Jeep wiring has to be the simplest and easiest to service/troubleshoot. Hell, you could have had it fixed by now wasting all this time talkign about it....
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Honestly, Jeep wiring has to be the simplest and easiest to service/troubleshoot. Hell, you could have had it fixed by now wasting all this time talkign about it....
I can always count on you guys!!!
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All fixed up and ready to go. Man I love having a Service Owners Manual online.
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All fixed up and ready to go. Man I love having a Service Owners Manual online.
I am very grateful to ya Taz!!!!

He saved me from pouring gas and throwing a match on my heap!!!!!!!
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Just dial 1-800-INO-LIFE and I will be happy to help... I really need to get you this manual.

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As soon as I put it in..."POP" got the fuse....
It has to be before all the switches then. That's all i can say since i havent tracked any wiring problems in my jeep. If its somewhere after the switches the fuse would pop when you step on the brakes or turn on the blinkers or whatever...
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Hey Tripp - did you read the last 4 posts, issue has been solved, but thanks for playing the ..."I will post because I feel like I have to game"...

It was another blown fuse that was not check. But again, thanks for not reading the previous posts.


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It has to be before all the switches then. That's all i can say since i havent tracked any wiring problems in my jeep. If its somewhere after the switches the fuse would pop when you step on the brakes or turn on the blinkers or whatever...
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thanks for not reading the previous posts.
Lol no problem I skimmed through them but since i'm in a rush, i posted my .02 I'll read it and see if i was right
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Lol no problem I skimmed through them but since i'm in a rush, i posted my .02 I'll read it and see if i was right
It keeps the post count up, right.
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HA HA HA HA!!!!! you guys are nutz!
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I guess that is important to him, not quality of comments but quantity.
actually no, i try to help instead of insult people now go on,.......insult some one else
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Truth hurts.

By the way, this was not an insult.

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Honestly man i dont care how many posts i have. As long as i can help some one, thats what matters to me. Just because i spend more time here and actually do have many posts doesnt mean i'm just posting spam.
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