Fiat tail light

Sometimes fixing a tail light is difficult

In terms of maintenance items, fixing a burnt out tail light should be on the “reasonably easy” list. Unfortunately, that was not the case for me this time around. I replaced the bulb, but that did not solve the problem. The entire unit was out – turn signal, reverse light, brake light. Turns out, part of the ground wire was ruined and the pin it connected to had completely burnt off. Some drilling, soldering and sealing resulted in a not-so-terrible hack job that fixed the problem. One less Saturday spent writing.

Since I was tearing things apart anyway, I pulled the radio out, did some testing and disconnected the cable to the USB ports. Now my parasitic draw has disappeared. It’s almost like having a brand new car!


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