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2010 Access Cab Eating lights left and right...

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Outsider, Apr 27, 2013.

  1. Apr 27, 2013 at 6:31 AM
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    Outsider

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    My taco is eating lights...5 head lights since jan (all warrantied thank god) Running lights, registration lights, etc...What in the world could be the problem?? I have NEVER NEVER NEVER had my truck in deep water or anything else....Any diagnostics that i could have ran to help narrow down the problem?? I am really green when it comes to electronic issues.
     
  2. May 7, 2013 at 1:04 PM
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    Same here. Brake light burnt out a while back, tail light removed and brake bulb replaced. Problem solved using this video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0-PZ97fHpU

    Now, my left side DRL is burnt out and my rear left turn signal is close to be.
     
  3. May 8, 2013 at 3:25 AM
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    Now the light that illuminates the Defrost/air knob selector went dark....my patience is wearing thin...
     
  4. May 8, 2013 at 3:29 AM
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    are you touching the bulbs with your bare hands?
     
  5. May 8, 2013 at 11:58 AM
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    Nirvana

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    Headlights (halogen, xenon, etc.) are usually the only bulbs really sensitive to oils being on them, standard incandescents should be fine or shortened a bit.

    OP-Are you the original owner? Maybe check to make sure your fuses are the correct amperage. A lot of them popping is weird but you never know electronic gremlins are vicious sometimes. Have you noticed them going while the truck is on/off/both?
     
  6. May 9, 2013 at 5:39 AM
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    I did not touch the glass on any of the blubs that i have installed, The last headlights i let the guys at advanced put them in for me, i did it every time exactley like they did...I replaced the license plate lights the other day for like 4 bucks, that i can handle...but all these other bulbs popping has bothered...I am the origional owner, i have done ZERO mods that required electrical work...The vent selector switch has me puzzled...i don't even know how to get into it to look at it, where to get a replacement, if its possible...etc...I am planning on keeping this truck for at least 5 - 8 more years, but its really starting to bother me.....
     
  7. May 9, 2013 at 5:40 AM
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    Every time the headlights went out it was while i was driving at night...oddly enough...
     
  8. May 9, 2013 at 6:40 AM
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    I had something like this going on in my past truck. Finally I traced it to a short in the wiring on my trailer hitch. Good luck with finding the problem, electrical is a PITA.
     
  9. May 9, 2013 at 7:00 AM
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    BamaToy1997

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    The most common cause of premature failure of a light bulb is over-voltage. I suggest checking your battery voltage with a multimeter while the engine is running. While high load demands do increase the voltage slightly, you should traditionally see about 13-14 volts at the battery with the engine running, and accessories off. Any higher than that and you could have an internal voltage regulator problem. If you do read excessively high voltage, take the truck to a reputable shop and get the charging system looked at. It may cost a few dollars, but with headlight bulbs being so expensive, it will pay off in the long term.
     
  10. May 11, 2013 at 3:33 PM
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    I would add to Bill's excellent advice that if the voltage regulator is producing voltages greater than 15 VDC, you will be consuming more water in your wet battery and there could be a "rotten egg" odor present. You should check your electrolyte levels and add only distilled water to the proper levels. The plates need to always be coveredto prevent premature battery failures.
     
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