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Old 08-25-2014, 06:59 AM
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1997 F-350 Turn Signal Problems

I am chasing an electrical issue with my 97 F-350. The rear lights have not worked properly in the several months that I have owned the truck. This weekend I took the flatbed off to fix it, and thought that I wouldtry to figure out the wiring problem.

My problem is that when I turn on the left turn signal, I get 12 volt on that wire and 8 volts on the wire for the right turn signal. It is the same for the right turn signal, 12volts on the right wire and 8 volts on the left wire.
The front signals do not have this issue, it is only with the rear of the truck. There is also a group of wires running to the rear of the truck for a trailer plug that appear to be factory wires. These wires mimic the same behavior as the wire for the truck lights.

Can anybody help shed some light on my situation?
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Old 08-25-2014, 07:31 AM
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Does it have LED lights on it ?
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Old 08-25-2014, 07:49 AM
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Does it have LED lights on it ?

No, it does not have any lights on it. The bed is sitting on a metal stand beside the truck.

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Could be quite normal. PCM put out a voltage, through a pull up resistor, to monitor rear brake - turn signal functionality.

What is the original problem causing you to troubleshoot?
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Here is a link describing the situation and why it does it ...

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...73612305,d.aWw

I would just attach the PDF however don't know how to do that.
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The reason I removed the bed was that it must have lived it previous life in a Salt mine. It was very rust to the point that I didnt trust hooking a trailer to it. I have new CM flatbed waiting to go on the truck as soon as I get the frame rails painted.

Prior to removing the bed you could notice a faint hint of the opposite turn signal trying to illuminate when using the other sides turn light.

Your post makes he hopefull that it could be a small issue with grounding.

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Rather than attach the PDF, post the direct (no CIA-gle) link to it: https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/a...chmentid=49079

FIRST thing to check is the center stop light in the cab roof.
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Rather than attach the PDF, post the direct (no CIA-gle) link to it: https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/a...chmentid=49079

FIRST thing to check is the center stop light in the cab roof.
The center stop light was the culprit. Thank you very much.

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