Brake light 911


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Brake light 911

Postby Uncle Fester » Wed Aug 10, 2016 6:55 am



Hey everyone, I got up this AM to take the wife to work, only to discover I have no break lights ! I have pulled the fuse and it SPPEARS to be good , no DVM on hand, and swapped around relays also, with no luck. I am not 100% sure I am checking the right fuse or relay, and beyond that I am stumpped. The fuse I checked is the second one from the top, relay is the middle of the three across the to
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PLEASE HELP ! This is the only vehicle my family has right now.


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Re: Brake light 911

Postby Uncle Fester » Wed Aug 10, 2016 7:20 am

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Neither hand or foot brake activate the brake lights. Does one switch going bad cause both not to work ?
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Re: Brake light 911

Postby dingdong » Wed Aug 10, 2016 7:35 am

No the brake light switches are independent of each other. Sounds like your ground gremlins may be acting up again. If you want to ride over we can do some checking. If so call me.
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Re: Brake light 911

Postby Uncle Fester » Wed Aug 10, 2016 1:00 pm

Ding Dong saved me yet again ! LOL

It turned out to be a bad piece of repair work by one of the two previous owners, they used 3 pieces of wire to make a 4" repair on the green w/red stripe wire, and one of the connections went bad, so we/he replaced it all with one good piece of wire and everything works great again.

Thanks again Ding Dong !
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Re: Brake light 911

Postby FM-USA » Wed Aug 10, 2016 7:16 pm

WOW, 4 little pieces of wire connected together. Glad it's all one now.
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Reminds me of a tow truck we had in the shop.
Rule is, whomever drives it and something goes wrong, whomever fixes it.
Well brake lights on this converted Diamond Reo farm truck to a tow truck went out so that makes me the whomever. I almost never drove it, top speed was 48 mph, had one WICKEDLY LOW granny gear.
ANYWAYS:
Opened one brake light and the bulb was good. OK, go to the fuse box, fuse good. Next, piercing the wire after the fuse box for power and in maybe a foot or two there's a crimp splice. With power after that splice I continued to crimp splice #3... #4.. #5.... #19 was real loose.... #20 and FINALLY not 6 inches from the first brake light, splice #21. You just know if there's that many, there just has to be some to the other brake light... yup 3 or 4 splices. SO OFF to the tool crib for a 25 ft. roll of wire and replaced it, it took it all. In my stock of wire I had a 5 ft. piece for the other light.
So since I had a key to the public bulletin board, I hung that long 21 multi-colored spliced wire for EVERYONE to see. Got some comments from the safety lane customers where I off-hand mentioned I wouldn't PASS a truck last week because of it. OH sure, was a little B.S. for PR and that B.S. worked. After a while the old jalopies that came in for there safety stickers that JUST BARELY passed were in better shape than usual, mainly replaced cracked windshields and floppy fenders tightened up.
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