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Installed aftermarket tail lights on my 2001 Dodge Ram 1500.

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Installed aftermarket tail lights...

Installed aftermarket tail lights on my 2001 Dodge Ram 1500. I have blinkers and tail lights when the lights are not on. But only side marker blinkers when I turn the lights on.

Mechanic's Assistant: Have you checked the bulbs? Have you checked the connection?

Yes, I have pulled every fuse. the after market tail lights came with 4 wires truck has 3 wires.

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Ram 1500 yourself? What have you tried so far?

For myself.

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Dodge Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 11 months ago
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Dodge Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 11 months ago

when you plug back in the regular lights do you have all functions?

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
I do not have the original lights. The truck failed inspection because only the side marker blinkers worked. I had been running these tail lights for a year without knowing.
Dodge Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 11 months ago

oh thats not good, so you would want to pull the tail light connectors and check them without plugged in to make sure the functions are good outside the lamp assembly,

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
wouldn't know how to do that
Dodge Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 11 months ago

do you have a volt meter?

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Dodge Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 11 months ago

ok so when you check make sure both rears are unplugged, black is ground 1, black yellow is running 2, and the remaining is the stop turn wire 3, if you have that then the rear assembly's are not compatible and you need new assembly's

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
from truck black is ground, black yellow is running, black green is turn stop. if assembly does not match this then they wont work? assembly has red, white and 2 black wires.
Dodge Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 11 months ago

correct

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
no way of wiring these to work? an assembly available?
Dodge Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 11 months ago

you would have to see what each function did on the assembly and go from there, figure out ground and apply power to rest and see what you get, I have to step out for a min ill be back in a hour or so

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Dodge Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 11 months ago

hows it coming

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
I am pissed, if I could have figured out the wiring myself I wouldn't have reached out. The conclusion is that the assembly will not work, that doesn't solve my enormous problem. I am not satisfied.
Dodge Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 10 months ago

wow I give you all the information and your mad at me?

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
No I am not mad, that's a totally different level. I paid full price for you to tell me that the aftermarket assembly will not work, and I am on my own to figure out a way to rig them to work if at all possible for my truck to pass inspection.
Dodge Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 10 months ago

im still here to help and I havent even gotten paid yet, I only get paid when you accept the answer and rate me, so on that light connector the ground wire we tested before transfer that to the new assembly and apply power to each one of the terminals to see what functions you get and let me know whats what so we can get it wired up for you

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
From the research I have done, if I still had the factory plug on the truck, I could have plugged the aftermarket assembly into where the bulb would normally go. I do not have the factory plug(its the three wires,) I also do not have the aftermarket light assembly plug( its the four wires). And I am really at a loss using the volt meter.
Dodge Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 10 months ago

do you happen to know the manufacture of the lights maybe I can help you that way

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