76' Malibu Wagon Lighting - Chevelle Tech
Electrical & Wiring Troubleshooting electrical problems.

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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old May 11th, 18, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
 
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76' Malibu Wagon Lighting

Having some lighting issues with the front turning signals. Passnger side turning signal acts as a running light as well as the side turning signal. I like that, problem is the driver side isn't. Isn't the biggest deal but it just doesn't look right even if both signals will still work as they should. Any suggestions? Trying to be rather literal, I am completely new to any of this but I'm stubborn as can be so I have a willingness to figure it out.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old May 11th, 18, 2:53 PM
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Re: 76' Malibu Wagon Lighting

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You probably have a double filament bulb for signal light/running light. The filament for driver's side running light is burned out. Replace the bulb. Cost is about 2 bucks.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old May 11th, 18, 8:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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Alrdy tried that. Went the simple route first. Even tried picking up some new single filment bulbs in the case they were not originally native
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old May 12th, 18, 5:18 AM
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Re: 76' Malibu Wagon Lighting

Ok, next thing is to check the ground wires to make sure they are not corroded or loose. Or possibly a broken wire?
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old May 15th, 18, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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Found an unhooked ground, didn't fix issue, I did notice my plug looked a little goofy inside. Replacing it when I get a chance I'll report back 🙂 thank you
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Plug replaced, kind of a cheap replacement doesn't sit quite as well as original but it both sides of filiments finally work now. Thanks again. Apparently it's going to be handy to have a test light on hand at all times
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old May 19th, 18, 2:30 PM
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Re: 76' Malibu Wagon Lighting

The best thing to have if you're going to own an older car is a test light.If you can afford it and want to spend less time finding shorts or opens or bad grounds or any other number of electrical problems get a power probe.


They have come down in price and you can now get a PP for around $40 well worth it if it helps solve a problem in less time.I know it looks like its a tool only suited for an auto mechanic but I'm sure it will help solve the problems most of the older cars we work on a lot quicker than a basic test light.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old May 20th, 18, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
 
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That does look super handy! I've alrdy ran into serious electrical issues with the wagon once before and I had to find help. In one shot I blew 2 grounds, some fusible links, and a live wire all at once driving down the interstate. Not to mention a glass fuse near the firewall on passenger side that I have no idea what it's for 😕 I had no power what so ever. It was a crazy mess.
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