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joeperil 07-02-2008 03:23 PM

License plate lights
 
Just thought I'd share this one and see if anyone else had the similar experience?

A couple weeks ago I was pulled over by a cop for not having the license plate lights on. The next day I put new bulbs in each holder (there are two on my '96 SL) and figured that would be the end of it. Well...nope...got pulled over again by a different cop. Same problem.

Checking it out the following day and it appeared that the wiring broke off from a light blue plastic connection module on the left side of the trunk. The wires snapped off after years of flexing slightly when opening and closing the trunk.

After wasting some time examining the module, it did not look like it was going to be easy to reconnect the wires to the internal pin and socket connectors inside it. I even cut an access port into the thing with a Dremel tool so that I could connect the wires to it internally, which would have worked, but then my soldering pen didn't have the heat to make a good solder joint. So I ended up just cutting the module out and wiring everything up directly. One interesting thing was that both plate lights were on separate circuits once you get past the module on the trunk end of things, so that you can, in theory, control either of them independently. I did not understand the need for that, so I wired them both up together.

MikeNW 07-02-2008 03:29 PM

Re: License plate lights
 
Maybe the theory is that at least one will be on at all times. But you proved that wrong. So I dunno.

OnDaGround 07-02-2008 03:34 PM

Re: License plate lights
 
Flash light and Duct tape boom baby I'm a freakin god. Nah, you might wanna watch it with the dremel tool you dont want to accidently nic the wires. Take off the rear bumper and push the housings back through the holes they are locked in to and then connect it.

1996SaturnSL2 10-28-2012 06:21 PM

Re: License plate lights
 
[QUOTE=joeperil;1275122]Just thought I'd share this one and see if anyone else had the similar experience?

A couple weeks ago I was pulled over by a cop for not having the license plate lights on. The next day I put new bulbs in each holder (there are two on my '96 SL) and figured that would be the end of it. Well...nope...got pulled over again by a different cop. Same problem.

Checking it out the following day and it appeared that the wiring broke off from a light blue plastic connection module on the left side of the trunk. The wires snapped off after years of flexing slightly when opening and closing the trunk.

After wasting some time examining the module, it did not look like it was going to be easy to reconnect the wires to the internal pin and socket connectors inside it. I even cut an access port into the thing with a Dremel tool so that I could connect the wires to it internally, which would have worked, but then my soldering pen didn't have the heat to make a good solder joint. So I ended up just cutting the module out and wiring everything up directly. One interesting thing was that both plate lights were on separate circuits once you get past the module on the trunk end of things, so that you can, in theory, control either of them independently. I did not understand the need for that, so I wired them both up together.[/QUOTE]

I have the same problem with my rear license plate lights. The left driver side license plate light does not work, after changing bulbs and checking for voltage and not finding any I found that one of the wires had come out of the blue mate and lock type connector after many years of flexing from the trunk going up and down. Need to fix this quick, I was pulled over for one license plate light but let go.


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