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I'm stumped... and need help

Old 08-12-2016, 02:52 AM
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?? Sorry if it is but I didn't know where else to put this and it is electrical in nature. I bought a jeep around 10 months ago and it had an electrical issue, the running lights and the stereo head unit would stay on. I rewired the stereo myself and got both of them to shut off, somehow that affected the lights?

Now for the recent news. I got in an accident where I hit a parked car (no I wasn't drunk I was just an idiot rushing to school and sideswiped a truck ) Now the front right fender is bashed in.

Instead of paying a mechanic $1600 to get it back to normal, and bone stock... I bought a RC lift kit and put it on myself!! Sometime near the end of the process of lifting it, the running lights ended up staying on again and drained my battery, and I didn't even notice. Now I have to figure out where the hell that is coming from... It has been a PITA since day one, but has been so rewarding working on it myself!

Any wise mechanical/electrical gurus or sages out there have any advice for a guy in need? I have no idea where to begin with this one. Is there any way it could have something to do with the wiring for the tow hitch? How could it have just started doing this? Just throwing stones in the dark here...
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Old 09-09-2016, 04:29 PM
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Hmm it has been a while since this was posted but any way. Try hooking up your battery charger to get things going. Then pull one fuse at a time from your fuse panels until the lights go out. at least then you will know what circuit it is on. This will help make diagnoses easier. you may find this doesn't find which circuit is the culprit. in that case you may have circuits tied together. in this case make sure that your fuse panel is filled with proper sized fuses and start pulling till the lights go out. then start replacing fuses till they come back on and keep going until you can no longer put in any fuse with out the lights coming on. I think you will find that something is searching for ground and is taking it through your parking light circuit. something is tied in where it does not belong. until you can isolate the offending circuit or circuits you will be shooting in the dark.
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