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Old 07-18-2014, 10:07 PM   #1
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Splicing parking lamp wires

My new to me 97 TJ has a break somewhere in the wiring to the left front parking lamp. At first I suspected a bad bulb, but that wasn't it. Next I switched the left and right bulb sockets to see if maybe just the socket was bad. Still no help. It appears that the PO must have had issues with the wiring in the past because it appears to have been tampered with. So now I have 2 options.
1) spend countless hours with a voltmeter trying to locate where the breach is.
2) Splice into the existing good parking light (right side) wire and run a jumper wire to the bad side.
Will option 2 work? Will there be too much voltage drop resulting in dimmed parking lights? If this is a common problem and has been addressed solved by others, I'm all ears. Thanks for your help

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Old 07-18-2014, 11:45 PM   #2
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Well you side markers are part of the blinkers. Doing what you suggest, your right will blink making a left turn

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Old 07-19-2014, 06:42 AM   #3
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Well you side markers are part of the blinkers. Doing what you suggest, your right will blink making a left turn
Huh? I would only be splicing into the parking light wire. The existing turn signal has full function and I will be leaving that alone.
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Old 07-19-2014, 08:43 PM   #4
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All is well and it works just fine. I spliced the yellow/black parking light wire from the good side over to the bad. Ran the jumper wire through the tube of the the bumper and tucked/hid it as best I could. All lights and blinkers function as they should. It's not a great long term solution but I have to pass state inspection in a week and don't have the time to go chasing wires.
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