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jessemthompson 08-01-2020 09:29 AM

Tail light issues
I have united pacific LED tail lights. Everything on them functions correctly with the key in the off position, but with the key in the on position with the lights on, the brake lights are stuck on. Turn the lights off and all works well. I have grounded the bed to the frame and cleaned the tail light buckets so they ground to the bed. I am about to run a ground from the tail light buckets to the frame to see if the issue is resolved. Has anyone had this happen?

VetteVet 08-03-2020 11:49 AM

Re: Tail light issues
This should be an easy fix but you need to tell us what year truck you have cause the circuits are different on the different years. You have to separate the key on and key off circuits because the tail lights and stop lights are on different circuits. The turn lights work with the stop lights but only with the key on.
. What happens when you turn the headlights on with the brakes on and with the key off and what happens when you turn the tail lights on with out the brakes on with the key off.
You might have a battery draw issue when the headlights are on too. It's just too hard to tell with so little details.

jessemthompson 08-03-2020 10:21 PM

Re: Tail light issues
I originally posted in the 67-72 section and it was moved here. I have a 72 C10. All lights on the truck functions as normal with the lights on and power off. Turn the key on with the headlights on and the brake lights come on instead of the taillights, press the brakes and nothing happens. Turn signals and hazards operate as they should.

VetteVet 08-04-2020 10:23 PM

Re: Tail light issues
Did the lights all work before you installed the LEDs? If so the wiring at the lights may be crosssed especially if the leds are joined for tail lights and brake lights. What I mean is, the LEDs for the brakes uses more than the LEDs for the tail lights and you may be seeing brake LEDs and Tail LEDs together when you turn the key on. Does turning on just the parking lights not the head lights make any difference?

recheck your wiring and make sure the ground wire is correct on both lights.

It is strange that turning the key on is what makes the difference. That powers the turn signal circuit but not the brakes or tail lights.

jessemthompson 08-05-2020 03:01 PM

Re: Tail light issues
So today I put an 1157 bulb in the driver side tail light just to test things. It worked like normal. So I know I don’t have enough load or draw on the circuit. So I ordered a second electronic flasher. I will check back in once it arrives and I’ve installed it. If not, I think I’ll have to put a resistor in-line.

jessemthompson 08-06-2020 01:03 PM

Re: Tail light issues
Today I wired in an additional 1157 pigtail, put a bulb in it and my lights operate like they’re supposed to. I’ll use this until my electronic flasher shows up. Hopefully that will let me take the additional plug out.

jessemthompson 08-13-2020 08:55 PM

Re: Tail light issues
Just to follow up here. I got the electronic flasher in the mail and put it in the truck. I removed the bulb from the extra pigtail I wired in and the problem with the brake lights was still there. I can either leave the bulb in or wire in resistors. Either way I know that not having enough resistance in the circuit was my issue. Thank you vettevetfor your input.

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