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Old 08-01-2017, 06:42 PM
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Car electrical issue

Since you guys / gals were so helpful with my tractor figured I'd bounce this one off you.

My in laws trunk light went out. Replaced the bulb but still didn't light. Probed the light socket and it shows 12v, bulbs have continuity. Once the bulb is in the socket the voltage drops to zero.

Any idea on direction to look? Also anyone got any tips for removing the old stickers from license plates without doing damage?
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Also anyone got any tips for removing the old stickers from license plates without doing damage?
Heat gun/hair dryer to peel most off, then WD-40 to clean off the residue.
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Old 08-02-2017, 01:08 PM
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You Have a wire corroded out or rubbed through, all it takes is a few strands of wire or even just moisture to show 12v on a multi meter, but those strands have no current carrying capacity, hence the 0v with a load on the circuit. If the light is on the lid, suspect spot would be the hinge point.
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OK thanks both of you. Should be easy to get the sticker off!

The light isn't on the trunk lid itself, its under the back shelf, but I checked the wiring diagram and its a dedicated run from the junction box under the dash to that light, so I will have to do some investigating.
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I suppose it could be a burnt switch or relay contact, but the Wiring scenario would be more common
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Before I tear too much apart I will test the switch. Not sure if it is a tilt or pressure.
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Darn free Internet advice....
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Bender.... your last image posted, what is the image trying to show?... I'm not sure what I'm looking at...
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Peeling lic plate sticker
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Bender.... your last image posted, what is the image trying to show?... I'm not sure what I'm looking at...
lol, it is actually the paint on the plate that came right off. Left a bare metal spot. The heat does the trick really quick. Guess MPI didn't spend enough on quality paint for those plates.
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