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Blowing Fuses (Parking lights, tail lights not working)

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by MotoXFreeStyle61, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. Oct 19, 2008 at 7:48 PM
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    MotoXFreeStyle61

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    While I was driving home tonight, I noticed that my AC panel was not lit up, then I also noticed that my parking lights were not working as well. When I finally got home I discovered that my tail lights did not work when I had my head lights on but worked when I pushed the brake. I got under the panel and checked the fuses and low and behold the 10AMP fuse for the tail light was burnt out. I got a spare fuse and put a new one in and when I turned my parking lights on it blew the fuse once again. I haven't done anything new to my truck in a few weeks so I am kind of clueless to what could be causing my truck to keep blowing fuses. I would go out and get more but I don't want to risk getting pulled over. Any input would be much appreciated.
     
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  2. Oct 20, 2008 at 10:00 AM
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    What are the last few electrical related items you've done to the truck?? Whatever they are-Go back and check all the grounding points. Get some dry towels and some sandpaper and alcohol- Clean all of them and make sure they are solid contacts.

    My buddies WRX has a full engine grounding harness that had to be cleaned and re-installed after we dropped his hew HID headlights into the car. It's hinky that it jsut started outta no where without a related mod- but it's a great place to start.
     
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  3. Oct 20, 2008 at 12:32 PM
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    The last thing I did was install my XM satellite radio and that was over a month ago. I'm about to go grab some more fuses and start trouble shooting. I think it might have to do with my fog lights being tapped into my parking lights, possibly causing a short somewhere.
     
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  4. Oct 20, 2008 at 12:38 PM
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    Last time that happened to me it was in my Corolla. Nearly identical symptoms. A real fun time to find it.

    It was the wiring at the trailer hitch. Rubbed through in one spot, only grounded out when I made a right hand turn.
     
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  5. Oct 20, 2008 at 12:48 PM
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    SOunds like your problem. Is Relay big enough..how did you do it?
     
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    That's what I thought too. But I disconnected my fogs and tested it again and I blew the fuse once again. I downloaded the Taillight circuit just to see what all is in that circuit. The problem is my aftermarket alarm is also tied up in there somewhere. I didn't do it myself so I have no clue how it is hooked up. I noticed about a couple of weeks ago, when I armed and disarmed my alarm my parking and tail lights didn't flash anymore, yet to my knowledge my parking lights and tail light still worked fine at the time. I attached the diagram.

    Taillight.jpg
     
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    What was the issue here? Having the same problem
     
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    did anyone find the solution? my tail lights, and front markers are out. but my dash lights work. keeps blowing fuses. i have trailer lights, but i'm pretty sure it's aftermarket.
     
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  9. Jun 6, 2017 at 1:15 PM
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    Im in the same boat. Out of no where my 10amp fuse keeps blowing . I already checked the tail light harness , license plate and front makers. The relay clicks so i know its working.
     
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  10. Jun 8, 2017 at 11:14 AM
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    I have heard of aftermarket trailer wiring kits going bad after a time. To check you will have to pull the tail lights and reconnect without the trailer plugs, then try a new fuse. No blown fuse= bad trailer kit.
     
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    Yeah tried that still popped. I unplugged my tail lights, licence plate lights, front markers, AC controls and trailer harness and its still popping. What else does it swnd power to?
     
  12. Jun 11, 2017 at 1:53 PM
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    Accessory Meter
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    Or a short in any of the wiring
     
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