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Old 12-13-2008, 02:26 PM   #1
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fellow suffering shade tree mechanics..
Has anyone run into this one yet??
While having me do more small projects on the rig, MM happened to mention that the Front Drivers Side running light was not working..Told her I'd take care of it today.
Being a man of my word, I proceeded to try to fix this VERY SIMPLE PROBLEM

First, you need a 14 foot ladder to reach the !@#$ things and then I found this,

an excellent example of how not to seal your lights, no matter how frustated you become trying to fix a recurring leak.
After removal of all this silicone, I pulled out the light housing to find
After another hour of interior part removal, I have found that the ceiling runs all the way forward to the front window and that my hand cannot fit in there anywhere.

Anyway, my question is, has anyone found a way to get up in the front cap??? to access this wiring?
Good news is, they are LED lights and should not give problems, assuming they have wires run to them..
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Old 12-13-2008, 02:26 PM   #2
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fellow suffering shade tree mechanics..
Has anyone run into this one yet??
While having me do more small projects on the rig, MM happened to mention that the Front Drivers Side running light was not working..Told her I'd take care of it today.
Being a man of my word, I proceeded to try to fix this VERY SIMPLE PROBLEM

First, you need a 14 foot ladder to reach the !@#$ things and then I found this,

an excellent example of how not to seal your lights, no matter how frustated you become trying to fix a recurring leak.
After removal of all this silicone, I pulled out the light housing to find
After another hour of interior part removal, I have found that the ceiling runs all the way forward to the front window and that my hand cannot fit in there anywhere.

Anyway, my question is, has anyone found a way to get up in the front cap??? to access this wiring?
Good news is, they are LED lights and should not give problems, assuming they have wires run to them..
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Old 12-13-2008, 03:08 PM   #3
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Two thoughts --

1. Find some paint that matches the rig, . . paint over both lights, . . then neither one stands out as being on or off,

(or, since #1 will certainly not pass muster)

2. Perhaps, since the body appears to be fiberglass, you could enlarge the hole to obtain access to the "missing" wire-end(s).
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Old 12-13-2008, 03:32 PM   #4
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I had almost the same problem. Fortunately I was able to gain access thru the back of the cabinet.

Good Luck!
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Old 12-13-2008, 04:47 PM   #5
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Saw a bigger hole to gain access.
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Old 12-13-2008, 05:03 PM   #6
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Had the same problem replacing one of my back cap clearance lights. Ok, I didn't but the repair shop I had chage the light had the problem. Wires just fell back into the cap some where. My understanding is some how some why they fished the wires out.
I would be willing to find out more infor from them if you need help.
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Old 12-13-2008, 08:51 PM   #7
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I had this exact same problem on my 5er in the rear cap. One wire let go and fell straight down.

I used a long handle flexible 3 prong nut grabber. It has a knob at the end of the flexible shaft. When you pull it out, it retracts the 3 prongs, grabbing the nut or small part that you are invariably going to drop down in an engine compartment. I bought mine at NAPA.

I taped an small LED flashlight to the end of the shaft. Then with one eye squinting, I went a-hunting. I found the lose wire dangling, grabbed it and pulled it back out through the hole.

Like this:

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Old 12-13-2008, 09:50 PM   #8
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Gordon:
I had this exact same problem on my 5er in the rear cap. One wire let go and fell straight down.

I used a long handle flexible 3 prong nut grabber. It has a knob at the end of the flexible shaft. When you pull it out, it retracts the 3 prongs, grabbing the nut or small part that you are invariably going to drop down in an engine compartment. I bought mine at NAPA.

I taped an small LED flashlight to the end of the shaft. Then with one eye squinting, I went a-hunting. I found the lose wire dangling, grabbed it and pulled it back out through the hole.

Like this:

Claw

Good luck! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

The whole procedure sounds akin to performing orthoscopic surgery
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Old 12-13-2008, 10:03 PM   #9
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by psc907:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Gordon:
Like this:
Claw
Good luck! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
The whole procedure sounds akin to performing orthoscopic surgery </div></BLOCKQUOTE>psc907... OMG ...I about spit out my wine when I read that!!!...ok...back to solving SacsTC & my wiring problem!

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Old 12-14-2008, 01:27 AM   #10
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if a push comes to a shove, fish another wire from you center markers and tap into them. probably take about 10 min. good luck! and i hope that wine wasn't red jim
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Old 12-14-2008, 09:14 AM   #11
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Old 12-14-2008, 09:33 AM   #12
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Hi Bama!!!
Unfortunately, MAMA, aka SWMBO, has drastically cut down my use of the Bright Red Tool anywhere near the Dip.
I did tell her I would just run the wire on the outside of the cap and cover it with white roof sealant though, so we'll see who wins.
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I have nothing constructive to add but I do see a close relationship to projects I undertake that are so akin. Like relationships they seem so easy at the beginning but become more and more complicated the further you go with them. Just eat Salmon, its a heck of lot easier and good luck with this!
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Ron.....Just hook a couple of small batteries to it and shove them back in the hole. Change them out whenever you drive at night!

After you read this, let Mama read it and watch her face. I'm guessing 30-40 seconds before she puts it all together and realizes that it won't work.
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