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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-21-2010, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Help Removing Wiring On Taillight

Hi everyone. I need some help removing my current taillights. I bought new taillights (the whole assembly) but Iíve run into a problem removing the old ones.

My car is set-up to be dinghy towed (previous owner) so there is an extra bulb in my taillight. This bulb has 3 wires that connect to my towing wiring harness. As far as I can tell, these wires are separate from the stock wiring.

I am going to cut the wires running to the extra bulb and remove the assembly. My question is, what do I do to the cut wires to protect them from the elements?? Can I wrap them in electrical tape? Or should I do something else?

The wires should be dead but I just want to make sure I donít have problems down the road. I.e. my car catching on fire or having a short.

Any help is appreciated! I donít know anything about wiring so the more detail the better.

\/ Below is what the taillight looks like.




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there have been a lot of modifications to that housing. Looks like someone installed strobes at some point and hacked the original wiring.

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yeah that a whole lot of extra wiring. umm lets see damn they did a ghetto n shady job on it, whom ever did it
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there have been a lot of modifications to that housing. Looks like someone installed strobes at some point and hacked the original wiring.
It's the wiring for when the car gets towed... If I had strobe lights in my taillights I wouldn't have bothered to get LEDs

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yeah that a whole lot of extra wiring. umm lets see damn they did a ghetto n shady job on it, whom ever did it
Pretty sure it was professionally (at least some-what anyway) done, lol. An elderly couple owned the car before me, so I'm sure they took it to a shop.
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ok, so what happens when you turn the lights on?

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ok, so what happens when you turn the lights on?
The little bulb for the side marker turns on, as well as the bulb for the turn signal. The extra bulb doesn't do anything.

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I’m assuming the extra bulb is wired so that when the RV puts its blinker on the extra light in my taillight blinks also.
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yeah looks like some one melted a hole in the housing and put another bulb of some sort in there
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id just leave it be, or try to find some new ones...although they are very pricey...

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id just leave it be, or try to find some new ones...although they are very pricey...
I already bought new ones... I want to replace the whole assembly. But I don't know what do do with the extra wires.... or where the new assembly is supposed to plug in.

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yeah looks like some one melted a hole in the housing and put another bulb of some sort in there
Yep, that's exactly what they did. The bulb is held in with some sort of epoxy.
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If you want to, one option is to cut ALL the wires, and then match colors with new plugs from the dealer. Takes some time but it will be right when your done.

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