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post #1 of 6 Old 10-20-2013, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
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Westin Off-road lights, wiring issue

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I'm having trouble and am down to my last straw! This is the Westin offroad lights (2) that comes with the relay and fuse, etc...

I have everything wired up as listed via instruction sheet, but I am getting no power to the switch (it doesn't light up), and fog lights never light up. the switch has a ground, a "power" that goes into the engine bay to the relay (and from the relay goes to a fuse, then to the positive). And finally "red wire" that is supposed to splice into a power (to light up the power switch i'm assuming).

Problems: The switch never lights up, the fog lights never turn on. The ONLY time we've gotten any response out of the system is a big dummy wire connected to the red wire, straight to the positive on the battery [which lit up ONE fog light, not both]... which I thought that red-wire was just to light up the switch?

Right now my red (power) is spliced an orange wire coming off the cigarette lighter, just because I know/have tested that it is working/getting power. Ground is wired in between a screw and steer frame of the dash. And the blue is still going into the engine bay, into the relay.

The only thing I can guess is possibly these splice connectors aren't providing enough/any power? But I don't recall having any trouble with these before..

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I know this was pretty hard to follow...but anyone have any ideas for me?

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post #2 of 6 Old 10-20-2013, 10:29 AM
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Very possible the scotchlocks aren't making a good connection. At this point I would check all components with an ohm meter to make sure they are in working order. Maybe if you posted a version of the instructions it would help. I never liked scotchlocks.

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Originally Posted by coralman View Post
I never liked scotchlocks.
That's a common feeling, because they SUCK.

I fought with them for months on my light set-up. Until I took an hour to sit and solder everything. You should too. Take the time to do it the right way, then never chase issues again...
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post #5 of 6 Old 10-20-2013, 01:35 PM
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Sounds like the wires are reversed on the switch. Try switching the red and black wires on the switch.

As for only one light working when the relay engages, that sounds like either one of the red wires either isn't making connection at the splitter or not connected properly to the light itself. Could also be that the bulb was burned out from the factory. That or the ground wires on the light isn't making proper connection.

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Figured it out....turns out the power AND groundn from one of the lights both came disconnected...did it right, patched up, now it works.
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