Revisiting The Taillight Harness

posted Mar 1, 2016, 6:38 PM by Jonathan Imberi   [ updated Mar 4, 2016, 1:41 PM ]

The last couple of days I have been working on restoring the taillight harness. Although I am completely redoing all of the wiring in the car the taillight harness is one section that will have to be reused. I had previously removed the plastic loom and marked the position of all the breakouts as I cleaned the wires.

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There were several sections on the portion that was within the loom that were taped with electrical tape. I undid each of these to verify the integrity of the connection.

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As long as they were visually, mechanically and electrically solid I cleaned them with electrical contact cleaner and retaped them. 

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 Some of the taped sections were very bulky.

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This looks much better!

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This junction did not fair so well. There is literally two strands holding this together. 

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I cut the single wire and stripped back the insulation just far enough so that I would be able to solder it to the other wires. I left the crimp in place but thoroughly cleaned up the exposed wires. Once I was happy with their condition I tinned up both sides and then soldered the connection back together. I used some heat shrink tubing to further strengthen and seal the connection and then retaped the junction.

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This was the last junction on this section of the taillight harness and it was solid, so aside from cleaning and retaping nothing else was needed.

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My next step will be to disassemble and clean each of the sockets. They are very dirty and are packed with so much dielectric grease that I cannot tell the condition of the contacts. Stay tuned for part 2!