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pcesak 08-02-2004 09:46 PM

Taillights/Turn Signals
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I have recently got my car back on the road and as an old guy, I guess I have just gotten used to blinkers and don't like not having them. I installed a Painless Wiring Harness so the wiring is there. I also installed an IDIDIT column that has the turn signals switch built into the column. The thing I don't have is a 3rd bulb in my taillights. They work fine for taillights and Brakes. Any ideas how I might add blinkers?

Thanks in advance. Picture of the back of my vehicle.

60convert 08-02-2004 10:05 PM

if you wire it up so that boththe brake and the blinkers have a diode inline with them you will be able to use the same bulb you will need 4 diodes for the rear one from each wire spliced inline with each blinker and each brake lamp going to the bulb.

66Rat 08-31-2004 07:36 PM

I may be wrong, but you should have everything you need in the wiring harness, the way it is. Most cars, up until the late eighties only had two bulbs, or one dual filament bulb. The same filament is used for both brake and turn signals. For example, on a chevrolet, their is a wire that works the taillights, one that works the left turn/left brake and one for the right turn/right brake. You only need more bulbs if you want an amber turn signal, like the new cars have.

horvath 08-31-2004 10:23 PM

I agree with 66rat ... you just need double filiment bulbs instead of single filiment, and I think you'll be in business. Dual filiments have two contacts on the bottom instead of one ... maybe you'll also need different sockets for the bulbs???

54 Chevy Pickup

EBlack36 09-01-2004 05:44 AM

I run the same taillight that you do and they should take the 1157 bulbs. The housing ground to the body, assuming that the body is steel, then one of the wires is for running or taillights and the other is for brake/turn signals. The painless harness should have a separate wire for each. Just a couple of suggestions, if the inside of the housings are black, paint them white it makes for a brighter light, and use the 2257 bulb it interchanges with the 1157 and gives a brighter light also.

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