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Old 11-19-2010, 08:36 PM
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Alright. I'm not getting any operation out of my tails at all. my license plate lights do work. I can't find anywhere that the wires are grounding out or anything, but when I have the lights on, my battery is definitely drained much more quickly than the alternator can fix.

Reverse lights work sporadically.
marker lights do not work.
turn signals do not work.
Brake lights work when reverse lights work.
license plat lights always work.

Now, I've gotten under there and looked, and even soldered a couple of spots that looked bad. But I'm still having the same issues. the only thing I can see doing it might be where the previous owner spliced in wiring for trailer brakes (with in line splice connectors) or where he hacked up the license plate lights. would rusty bulb housings cause all of this discharge?

Just looking to be pointed in the right direction, maybe a nice wiring diagram or something.
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Start by getting the wiring put back stock, cleaning out or replacing the bulb sockets, making sure the grounds are good and checking the headlight switch itself.
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I recently had this same problem. I installed a new stereo and grounded it to the ground wire on the original wiring harness. BIG NO NO! After I did that and got the stereo playing great, I had no tail lights. Came in the house and googled it and foundout that you can't do that on a Dodge. Ground wire has to be attached to the chassis. After rewiring as the website explained, I had tail lights again. Weird, but true.
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I recently had this same problem. I installed a new stereo and grounded it to the ground wire on the original wiring harness. BIG NO NO! After I did that and got the stereo playing great, I had no tail lights. Came in the house and googled it and foundout that you can't do that on a Dodge. Ground wire has to be attached to the chassis. After rewiring as the website explained, I had tail lights again. Weird, but true.
I'm glad I read this since I'm planning on changing out the stereo.
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