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Old 12-02-2010, 05:24 PM
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Heres my problem? Maybe its right, but doesnt coincide with wiring diagrams

Wiring diagram reads:

Headlights Switched OFF:
wire 1. Red/Org - High Beam
wire 2. Vio/Wht - Low Beam
wire 3. Blk - Ground

Here is what I have:

Headlights Switched OFF:
1. Red/Org - High Beam - 12v
2. Vio/Wht - Low Beam - 12v
3. Drivers side - Violet 12v
Pass side - Purple 12v

Headlights Switched ON (LOW beam):
1. Red/Org - High Beam - no power
2. Vio/Wht - Low Beam - 12v
3. Drivers side - Violet 12v
Pass side - Purple 12v

Headlights Switched ON (HIGH beam):
1. Red/Org - High Beam - 12v
2. Vio/Wht - Low Beam - no power
3. Drivers side - Violet 12v
Pass side - Purple 12v

ALL my lights work as they should, but Im trying to wire in plow lights and the three wires shouldn't have power when switch is off, should they?

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Old 12-02-2010, 05:36 PM
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No, they shouldn't. Here's a diagram that may help you out.

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im very newbie to wiring diagrams and i have very specific ones.... Prob im having is how is the "ground" wire have 12v always along with both high and low when switch is off and yet they are off ... seem like with all three wires powered with switch off that the lights would be on low and high but they are not...


any ideas as to why i have power through ground? how? where to start looking?
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You have power on the black wires with both lamps disconnected and the switch in the off position?
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i dont have blk the "third" wire (one that should be blk is violoet-12v always on d.s. and purple-12v always on p.s. but to answer your question with system as i found it all six wires(three each) have power with switch off but the lights are NOT on. if i unplug the lights then only the "ground" (blk on dig. purple and violet on truck) has 12v the high and low become dead

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Heres my problem? Maybe its right, but doesnt coincide with wiring diagrams

Wiring diagram reads:

Headlights Switched OFF:
wire 1. Red/Org - High Beam
wire 2. Vio/Wht - Low Beam
wire 3. Blk - Ground

Here is what I have:

Headlights Switched OFF:
1. Red/Org - High Beam - 12v
2. Vio/Wht - Low Beam - 12v
3. Drivers side - Violet 12v
Pass side - Purple 12v

Headlights Switched ON (LOW beam):
1. Red/Org - High Beam - no power
2. Vio/Wht - Low Beam - 12v
3. Drivers side - Violet 12v
Pass side - Purple 12v

Headlights Switched ON (HIGH beam):
1. Red/Org - High Beam - 12v
2. Vio/Wht - Low Beam - no power
3. Drivers side - Violet 12v
Pass side - Purple 12v

ALL my lights work as they should, but Im trying to wire in plow lights and the three wires shouldn't have power when switch is off, should they?
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i can p.m u my number if you wanna try and see if i can explain over the phone any better
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anyone have an idea where to start looking why i have power?
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I think I have this figured out. Either your truck isn't a '99 but rather a '00 or they used the '00 setup in a late '99 build configuration. The newer switch is esentially backward from the old style. The older style sent power through the switch to the headlights and then to the ground. The newer style sends a batteery feed to the lamps, from the lamps to the switch and then the switch controls the ground. This is why all 3 wires are hot with the switch off.

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I just checked out truck..... title states 99, label under hood says 99 and sticker in cab says manuf. date of 3/99.... but what you are saying make sense if they changed it in 2000. Because i simply couldnt understand why all 3 wires on each light has power but lights are not illuminated and its not affecting them in any way as blowing a fuse, causing grounding issues, etc..

strange though.... guess now i need to just run a three way toggle for my plow lights if that even exist at advance auto or im running 2 more toggles 1 for low and 1 for high
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Old 12-05-2010, 07:26 PM
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fixed...... just bought a three way toggle for plow lights and called it a day.

other problems now with abs light see my other post
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