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Old 05-15-2009, 03:35 PM
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Angry Trailer running lights don't work

Just got my boat out of storage, and the signal lights and brake lights work fine, but the running lights don't come on at all. It doesn't look like anything is corroded, and it is hard to believe that part of the bulb burned out in each one. Does anyone have a suggestion on what I should do?
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Old 05-15-2009, 04:16 PM
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check the fuses in your tow vehicle. You may have a seperate one for trailer running lights
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Old 05-16-2009, 07:28 AM
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Thanks, never thought of that! Would be an easy fix!
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Old 05-16-2009, 07:38 AM
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I'm thinking that there is one wire for running lights, one for brakes and one for each turn signal. Checking the fuse is a good idea, but then I would start with the assumption that either the wire is broken/disconnected or a connector is dirty/corroded. Wish I could remember which color wire was which - sorry.

Edit - Found it.
Right turn - Green
Left turn - Yellow
Ground - white
Tail/Markers - Brown
If electric brakes - Blue

Check the brown wire - it is your tail lights and markers. It may be wired in series, meaning that if it is broken anywhere, everything past that point will not work. Sometimes they are connected with wire nuts, which can also be broken or loose.

Don't forget that the problem might be on your tow vehicle. The wire could have gotten pulled loose/broken over the winter.


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Old 05-16-2009, 04:18 PM
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Check your ground, I know it sounds funny cause the other ones are going, but I had the same issue. I cleaned off my ground wires and made sure they were on bare metal and that fixed the problem.
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Old 05-16-2009, 05:05 PM
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the reason I suggested check the fuses is that its the easiest thing.

start with the simple stuff first
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Old 05-16-2009, 08:24 PM
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Default I would check the plug

All the above suggestions are great places to start. If that doesn't work before you go and rip wires out check your plug. I had the same problem and the plug adapter that I need to use on my dodge two of the contact points were all oxidized up. Scratched them up a bit and let there be light.
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Old 05-16-2009, 10:32 PM
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All the above suggestions are great places to start. If that doesn't work before you go and rip wires out check your plug. I had the same problem and the plug adapter that I need to use on my dodge two of the contact points were all oxidized up. Scratched them up a bit and let there be light.
I once had a problem with lights not working and found inside the trailer frame where the wire had rubbed against the metal had causing the incelation to wear off which caused the lights to short out.
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Old 05-17-2009, 10:01 AM
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All the above suggestions are great places to start. If that doesn't work before you go and rip wires out check your plug. I had the same problem and the plug adapter that I need to use on my dodge two of the contact points were all oxidized up. Scratched them up a bit and let there be light.
Ditto. Clean both sides of the trailer plug first. Then start checking grounds and wire continuity.
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Old 05-18-2009, 05:37 PM
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I tried everyone's suggestions, and finally got the lights to come on if I wiggeled the plug into my Yukon enough. Went down and bought a new plug in, and everything works great! Thanks for everyone's help.
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