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Unread 05-20-2010, 01:13 AM   #1
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Fried wire = no tail lights or dash lights

ok so... really not sure how this happened, but a wire that's been run out of a fuse slot to the tail lights (worked well till today) suddenly got really hot, fried (like melted), smoked and burnt out.

freaked me out smelling melted plastic and seeing smoke.

curious what may have caused this??

i'm thinking the fuse broke, and was feeding a constant to the wire that fed the tail lights... also disabling my dash lights.

help?? lol

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Unread 05-20-2010, 11:40 AM   #2
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replaced the wire and the fuse... got nothin... anybody have this problem before?
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Unread 05-20-2010, 11:49 AM   #3
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What is that wire too? To me, it sounds like something aftermarket was added by just running a wire to an existing fuse. Big huge

Sounds like maybe whoever put it there, put it on the wrong side of the fuze and it was drawing too much power for the size wire going to the fuse block. You will need to replace the entire wire and check all the fuses in the power distribution block under hood. You also could have easily fried something in Body Control Module. So a trip to a stealership maybe in order so they can diagnose with a DRB scan tool.
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Unread 05-20-2010, 12:19 PM   #4
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Well the wires been good since i've had it, and i believe Dave when he says it's been fine for 3 years... somehow a piece of the wire got caught in between the metal brackets of the back seat and it just cut the current flow to the tail lights; basically seems to me it had no ground to go to, so it just fried the wire from the metal bracket to the fuse. didnt run it very long, as i cut the jeep off and pulled the wire once i saw it was the culprit for the smoke.

i've never had a DRB scan? what is that?
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