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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Oct 26th, 08, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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drivers side tail light not as brite as passenger side

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when friends follow me at nite in my 69 camaro they always say that my drivers side tail lights are not as brite as the passenger side tail lights. i have changed all 3 plugs/sockets on the drivers side and all the bulbs on both sides. the drivers side still appears to be a not as brite.
could it be a grounding problem?? where are the tail lights grounded?

any thoughts??

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Oct 26th, 08, 07:22 PM
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Re: drivers side tail light not as brite as passenger side

Might be the ground, but not likely if the turn signals work correctly. You might remove the lenses and wash the insides of them, and see that the inside of both housings are the same color. Also, white reflects light better than any silver paint. If you don't believe that, ask any painter what all colors are used to mix up silver paint.

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old Oct 26th, 08, 11:25 PM
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Re: drivers side tail light not as brite as passenger side

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i have changed all 3 plugs/sockets on
Did you solder the wires into/on the connectors inside the sochet unit..espec the black ground wire....as check the other end, I believe it grounds to the body on or beside the strut that holds the trunk catch.

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old Oct 27th, 08, 08:08 AM Thread Starter
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Re: drivers side tail light not as brite as passenger side

thanks Jonn......i have changed both lenses with brand new ones but didnt really pay attention to the color inside the housings. i do remember that the paint inside wasnt that great......they are painted silver? right? this is what you are trying to say? that i could paint the one thats not that brite...white?? my signals work fine.

thanks steptoe....ill check the ground by the trunk catch. does it ground anywhere else do you know? the new sockets came from GM with pigtails so im assumming there soldered together properly.

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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old Oct 27th, 08, 01:42 PM
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Re: drivers side tail light not as brite as passenger side

When I restored my tail lights last body rebuild...
I cleaned and degeased the reflector surface inside and use some of that model chrome aersol paint...still like new
I also used to do the high lights on the dash...spray a bit into the lide and used a cotton bud cearfully draged along the raised bits....again degreased and wiped with thinners 1st.

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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old Oct 27th, 08, 03:23 PM
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Re: drivers side tail light not as brite as passenger side

Check the voltage drops in each leg of the headlamp circuit. Meaure battery (-) to the ground pigtail. You should see less than 0.1 volt. Then measure battery (+) to each hot feed (low and high beam). Again you should see less than 0.1 volt.

Do these tests for each side. If your numbers all come out less than 0.1 volt, there is something different about the headlamps themselves. I suspect you'll find one of those tests gives you a higher reading which indicates a bad connection in that circuit.

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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old Oct 27th, 08, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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Re: drivers side tail light not as brite as passenger side

dnult....its my drivers side tail light.......not my head lights.

steptoe..........thanks for the tips.

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Re: drivers side tail light not as brite as passenger side

Same principle for the tail lights, and whil u have the multi meter out check for resistance from the gound to the body.

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Re: drivers side tail light not as brite as passenger side

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dnult....its my drivers side tail light.......not my head lights. .
Head lights, tail lights, bud lights...one of these things is not like the other one.

Point being that a voltage drop test is fool proof. It does seem weird to measure something and call a near zero result good. When you've got two of the same thing that are not working the same, things get even simpler.

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Re: drivers side tail light not as brite as passenger side

it was the inside of the taillight.... the reflector surface that was my problem. on one side the paint was falling off and a wee bit different color. so i re-sprayed both an argent silver......now both lights are the same brightness when driving behind the car in the dark.

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