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Re: Trunk Light Number
Sedgewick #1331278 Sat Oct 26 2019 12:25 PM
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Do a continuity check between the trunk lid and the body of the car. You may not be making a connection through the hinges.


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Re: Trunk Light Number
Sedgewick #1331280 Sat Oct 26 2019 12:33 PM
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Grease Monkey, Moderator General Truck Talk & Greasy Spoon
Take the socket completely off the trunk deck just leaving it dangle. Clip a wire to a known good ground then to the grounding surface on the socket. If the light comes on you have a ground problem. If it doesn’t, you have a socket problem. Good luck.🛠


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Re: Trunk Light Number
Sedgewick #1331301 Sat Oct 26 2019 06:13 PM
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Thank you. The socket has been removed from the trunk lid from the start of this experiment. I ground onto the trunk latch which is on the car body, not the trunk. With my probe I get power right up to where the wire goes into the base of the socket. With my meter I get 12.7v using the same configuration. The power is getting through until it goes into the socket so I think it has to be the socket. The mounting bracket, the mounting screw and inside the trunk lid where it goes have all been de-rusted.

The spring in the socket is moving and the inside of the socket is free of rust so if I use logic the contact between the spring in the socket and the wire going into the socket is the problem. Which I would find strange.

The only way to find out is to dismantle the socket but being so small it might just destroy it.
I checked in FLAPS for a similar socket with the single wire and connector on the end but there was nothing. The wire is about 6 inches long. If I find just the socket I can cut and splice the connector to it. But all of the sockets I found were 2 wire.

Its not frustrating as it is not making the car u/s but I'd like to figure it out. Actually it is interesting. And thanks to all for the suggestions.


"Sedgewick"
1949 Chevy 1/2-Ton
1989 Caprice

Re: Trunk Light Number
Sedgewick #1331316 Sat Oct 26 2019 08:28 PM
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Housekeeping (Moderator) Making a Stovebolt Bed & Paint and Body Shop Forums
This is probably what you need.


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Re: Trunk Light Number
Sedgewick #1331322 Sat Oct 26 2019 09:10 PM
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I think you are correct!
On the short wire between the connector and the socket I removed about a quarter-inch of insulation. I clipped my test wire to the bare wire and the other to the metal tube of the socket and I got a light. I took the test wire off and no light. So it has to be in the socket and that Pico part is what I need.
Keep you posted, thank you.


"Sedgewick"
1949 Chevy 1/2-Ton
1989 Caprice

Re: Trunk Light Number
Sedgewick #1331414 Sun Oct 27 2019 07:54 PM
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Its fixed. It needed a new contact unit as KLHansen suggested above. The only difference was I needed the contact with the boss to fit inside the metal housing. It all works and now I need to bend a bit to get into the rear of the trunk lid.

The only question I have is about an on/off situation. To the best of my searching I did not find any sort of switch to turn it off. Common sense says it should be on the lid but there is nothing.

Once I have it together I will close the lid as low as I can and check. If not I'll get a neighbour's kid to get into the trunk. I don't know how much of a drain I will get from that #1003 bulb if its always on.

Thanks to everyone for the input and suggestions.
Bill


"Sedgewick"
1949 Chevy 1/2-Ton
1989 Caprice

Re: Trunk Light Number
Sedgewick #1331425 Sun Oct 27 2019 08:46 PM
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Follow the wire to look for a switch. It may be built into the hinge, or maybe the latch.
If there's no switch, the battery will drain in fairly short order.


Kevin
First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos [flickr.com]
Busting rust since the mid-60's
Re: Trunk Light Number
Sedgewick #1331432 Sun Oct 27 2019 09:11 PM
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Posts: 8,775
Grease Monkey, Moderator General Truck Talk & Greasy Spoon
Your switch may be just to the right of the latch on the lid itself. There is a video if you google “how to replace the trunk light switch on a 1989 Chevy caprice”. Good luck.


Martin
'62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress)
'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)
‘65 Chevy Biscayne 4dr 230 I-6 one owner (I’m #2)
‘39 Dodge Businessmans Coupe
USAF 1965-69 Weather Observation Tech (got paid to look at the clouds)


"I fought the law and the law won" now I are a retired one!
Support those brave men/women who stand the "Thin Blue Line"! Hug a cop!

Re: Trunk Light Number
Sedgewick #1331443 Sun Oct 27 2019 10:49 PM
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Everything works! But the light stays on all the time. I have had the car about 4 years and never needed the trunk light. I do not drive at night either. Having said that I just wanted it to work. At the moment I have disconnected the in-line connector but also have a simple on-off toggle switch which I will install. It can stay off and if I need it I can just use the switch.

I once belonged to a Chevy Impala/Caprice forum but it was hard to access with all the ads. I might try again but I will Google about the trunk light switch.

If there is one it should be tied into the bulb as per a mercury switch or a scissor switch on the hinge. Nothing and with the lid closed I still have a light.

Thanks again.


"Sedgewick"
1949 Chevy 1/2-Ton
1989 Caprice

Re: Trunk Light Number
Sedgewick #1331447 Sun Oct 27 2019 11:05 PM
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Shop Shark
Nothing on Google or YouTube.

Tried to onto the Chev Impala/Forum but it is so slow and so full of ads. Frustrating. We are lucky here on Stovebolt.com


"Sedgewick"
1949 Chevy 1/2-Ton
1989 Caprice

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