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Old 02-25-2012, 05:56 PM
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How to wire column shift light in flaming river steering column

I am trying to get the column shift light to work, but obviously I don't have it wired in correctly. It is a single gray wire that is separate from the ribbon cable. I was hoping that I could just wire it to the accessory stud on the ignition switch. But that didn't work.

Any easy suggestions?

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Does it work with 12v? If it does, tie it into the dash lights.
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Hmm, I tied into 12 volts, she no go. I will have to check with FR. Thanks.

By the way, the other info worked great, car turns over now!
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If it didn't lite with 12v...... sounds like a bad bulb or a ground issue.

I'd remove the bulb and verify it's good, if it is....put it back in and verify the mounting socket is bare metal-to-bare metal.

If that doesn't work.... touch a ground wire from a known good ground ie...... neg terminal on the battery, and to a bare, unpainted or clear coated, area on the steering column (assuming you have a known 12 volts to your gray wire).

Sometimes with those fancy columns don't have the best grounds to the chassis.

If that fixes it, I'd find a hidden area and install a ground wire to the column using a small self-tapping screw. (like on top, near the base)
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Will give that a shot. Car is buttoned back up now to go to interior shop next week. The wiring on this car is a night mare. I found a couple more wires that pulled out out of the crimp barrels.

When I put wires back together I am tinning them, then into a crimp barrel that has has the insulation removed. I take the barrel and dip the ends in flux then insert the tinned wire and then crimp the barrel. When both ends have been crimped, I heat the barrel back up and solder the daylights out of it. When cooled I pull a piece of shrimp tubing over it and touch the solder iron to it and shrink it tight.

I need to et back into the wiring when I get the car back. Lots of wires with multiple barrel crimps, just a nightmare of different color wires etc.....needs a complete going over.
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Might be worth you time to buy a new wiring harness, I used painless, pretty straight fwd install well worth th 4 clamps I paid...... no more wonder what the last guy did etc....
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Gray wire goes to dash lights. If you put 12v to it and it did not light check the bulb. But the gray wire is standard dash lighting wire color
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