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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-12-2002, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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No running lights, \"short in wiring\"

Okay I know there is a short in the wiring from the switch to the tub wiring but I cannot figure out why. I have swapped in a newer dash and all the wiring with it. From a 97. Could it be the light switch?? It blows the fuse when I pull the switch to turn on the lights. Or could maybe some one tell me which wire it is for the running lights and I will just run a new wire.Oh yea and there is no instrament lights. The rest is fine signals fourways and stops all good. thanks a bunch
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Re: No running lights, \"short in wiring\"

First, you need to get a couple wiring schematics. One for the original and one for the donor. Then, buy an auto ranging multimeter and read the instructions. They're actually pretty simple to use. I bought mine at Radio Shack for $20. It's about the size of a credit card and works great. Next, it's time to start checking for shorts.
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Re: No running lights, \"short in wiring\"

okay I guess I didn't explain my self enough. I know it is a short in the wire coming from the switch. cause the power is fine to the switch multi meter and test light said so. And now when I pull the wire connector off the switch I have three grounds I am guessing(with test light and 12v power hooked to it three of the wires make it light hence the grounding) now I guess I need to go and buy a manual for the newer harness cause I have no idea or anyone else here knows which one is not supposed to be a ground.
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Re: No running lights, \"short in wiring\"

If there is a aftermarket alarm system try unplugging the brain and see if that solves the issue.

There is also a nifty little circuit tester available at most part store that will pinpoint the problem. It uses a meter and a unit that alligator clips to your origin of the harnees and then you pass a meter over the harness. When the needle moves from the right to the center you have located the short.
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