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Foglights, aka *(#)$*@(!)!!!
Albin0 Offline
Member
#1
Alrighty...
Well, here's the deal.. I had my foglights off my car for alittle while.. but then I decided I liked the way the car looked better with them on. (when I took them off the left one had been burnt out) So, my hubby and me spent today putting them back on and putting new bulbs in them. So, we turn the lights on.. the foglights don't come on. Hmm... check the fuses.. the fuse looks fine, but we change it, and try the lights again.. The right one turns on. So the left one isn't working.. Interesting. I'm thinking MAYBE that the light is a dud? What should I do?!

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1987 Red Thunderbird Turbo Coupe
Been in the family since I was 6 and I've been telling my dad since then that it's my car. Smile
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mods - K&N Cone filter, gutted catalytic
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1987 Red Thunderbird Turbo Coupe
Been in the family since I was 6 and I've been telling my dad since then that it's my car. Smile
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mods - K&N Cone filter, gutted catalytic, Star Clutch Stage II
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TurboZeke418 Offline
Senior Member
#2
Check the wiring to the fog light assembly. Then Physically remove just the light housing which contains the bulb with the clip. Make sure that the hot wire is properly connected to the factory harness..make sure there is no corrosion on it. If there is, it will not have a proper contact and won't work. Also, check that the light is clipped in properly. That completes the ground for the light. If it isn't, that too will not work.

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1988 Turbo Coupe, 5-speed, loaded, silver, two-tone raven interior, five star rims, 108,000 miles..
Gillis Boost Valve, Cold Air Induction (dryer hose performance!!),
Homemade box around K&N filter to let in just the cool air, Indiglo dash...and now the WACKER items.(First-Aid term) Wig Wag headlights, traffic backer alternating rear backup/stop lamps, whelan siren system, and a double red strobe visor light...it really turns heads going to a call!!!!!
1988 Turbo Coupe, Auto, Loaded everything including leather and Moonroof, 50,300 original miles, garaged since new, MINT condition
1994 Lincoln TownCar- Seafoam Green and beige leather, another beautiful find that couldn't be passed up!
2003 Dodge Durango SLT+ 4x4
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Pete D Offline
Administrator
#3
Run 12 volts straight from the battery and see if it works that way????

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NATO Member. it's not a vice, it's an obsession
"The nice thing about each new day is nobody ever used it before" Barnaby Jones
88 TC X 2, 86 SVO, mods list at
http://www.turbotbird.com/showroom/pd_88tc.htm
Pete Dunham


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Gary S Offline
Administrator
#4
I had the same problem. I did two things to solve it. First I made sure the ground wird was on the light good and tight by closing up the connector more. The second thing I did was to tape all the connections. This solved the problem for me.
Gary Schweikert
[email protected]

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NATO Member
1987 Turbocoupe
155,000 Miles
5 Speed
Black w/Raven Interior
Gillis Valve
3" Downpipe
Dynomax Super Turbo Mufflers w/21/2" exhaust
Centerforce I Clutch and Pressure Plate
Other than the above, she is "bone stock."
NATO Member
1987 Turbocoupe
168,000 Miles
5 Speed
Black w/Raven Interior
http://www.turbotbird.com/showroom/data_...t_87tc.php
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Jeff K Offline
Administrator
#5
The 2 terminal connectors that connect the fog lights to the harness are total junk, and easily corrode internally. Pull one connector (doesnt matter which, they are wired in parallel), and put a test light across the terminals on the harness side... jam the test light wires in to be sure to break thru any corrosion. Now try the fog lights, and see if the test light lights up. If it does, the problem is in the lights, bulb grounding. If it doesnt light up, does the little light in the switch light up? If it does, the switch is probably good, and you have a wiring problem between the switch and the fog lights. Might just want to run the test light from the switch output to ground to positively check the switch.

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Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 20 psi, forced air intercooler, water injection, bypass valve, Ranger roller cam, subframes, etc., etc.. // 86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP nitrous, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.... // 91 Escort: Bone stock winter car // 00 Windstar (wifes vehicle)
Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
05 Taurus SEL Duratec daily driver
04 Taurus Duratec (wifes car)
02 Pontiac Grand Prix GT
95 Taurus GL Vulcan winter beater
67 Honda 450 Super Sport - completely customized
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Albin0 Offline
Member
#6
Hey, thank you guys for all the help, but you have to understand you're dealing with a (minimal knowledge) backyard mechanic here.. Most stuff I know how to do, but I'm not very familiar with the stuff you guys are talking about..
I did notice that the wires that ran to the lights on the left side looked kind of funky.. (More rusted and angry than corroded.) Is there any place I can buy new wires to replace the rusted, angry ones?

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1987 Red Thunderbird Turbo Coupe
Been in the family since I was 6 and I've been telling my dad since then that it's my car. Smile
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mods - K&N Cone filter, gutted catalytic
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1987 Red Thunderbird Turbo Coupe
Been in the family since I was 6 and I've been telling my dad since then that it's my car. Smile
------------
mods - K&N Cone filter, gutted catalytic, Star Clutch Stage II
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shiftless Offline
Member
#7
..angry? [Image: biggrin.gif]
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Tank Offline
Member
#8
Swith the lights to see if one is burnt out and if the other works in the "dead" hole. If it does than it is your bulb not your wiring. ( I know you said you bought new bulbs but it is possible to get a brand-new bulb that is dead).
Tank

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88 TC auto silver full load/sunroof 147K This thing looks cool but is dog compared to my 87 5sp that now has motor out and is being rebuilt.(slowly)May make one killer car from these two yet.
"Never drive faster than your Angels can fly"
Glad my Angels have a turbo!
88 TC auto silver full load/sunroof 147K K&N cone filter, Gillis valve set at 17 lbs. This thing looks cool but is dog compared to my 87 5sp that now has motor out and is being rebuilt.(slowly)May make one killer car from these two yet.
"Never drive faster than your Angels can fly"
Glad my Angels have a turbo!
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Albin0 Offline
Member
#9
I'm laughing now, but I wasn't before, but the non working foglight started working yesterday. For no reason at all! Not that I'm complaining.. Tongue

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1987 Red Thunderbird Turbo Coupe
Been in the family since I was 6 and I've been telling my dad since then that it's my car. Smile
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mods - K&N Cone filter, gutted catalytic
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1987 Red Thunderbird Turbo Coupe
Been in the family since I was 6 and I've been telling my dad since then that it's my car. Smile
------------
mods - K&N Cone filter, gutted catalytic, Star Clutch Stage II
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Jeff K Offline
Administrator
#10
Quote:Originally posted by Albin0:
I'm laughing now, but I wasn't before, but the non working foglight started working yesterday. For no reason at all! Not that I'm complaining.. Tongue


A classic sign of the POS 2 terminal connectors that connect the fog light to the wiring harness. Pull the connectors apart, and scrape the male terminals clean, and connect / disconnect / reconnect several times. Maybe spray with electrical contact cleaner too.

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Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 20 psi, forced air intercooler, water injection, bypass valve, Ranger roller cam, subframes, etc., etc.. // 86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP nitrous, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.... // 91 Escort: Bone stock winter car // 00 Windstar (wifes vehicle)
Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
05 Taurus SEL Duratec daily driver
04 Taurus Duratec (wifes car)
02 Pontiac Grand Prix GT
95 Taurus GL Vulcan winter beater
67 Honda 450 Super Sport - completely customized
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