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97 EB 'Check ALL Lamps' after LED switch

Discussion in 'Stock 1995 - 2001 Explorers' started by Tactica, November 15, 2017 at 1:12 AM.

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    1. Tactica

      Tactica New Member

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      I replaced all my 1997 Explorer Eddie Bauer lighting with LED lights. Brake, tail, reverse, turn, interior and the headlights are now HID bi-xenon everything but the high mount 3rd brake light and instrument panel/dash is now LED.

      Prior to replacing the stock bulbs with these LED's I had no messages or warning about lamps being out but after I replaced the stock lamps with LED I am getting "Check Tail Lamps" "Check Brake Lamps" and "Check Head Lamps" in the message center even though all lamps/lights/bulbs are functioning properly.

      Am I getting these messages because LED doesn't draw the same amount of power as the stock bulbs and it's throwing off the computer/system check or do I have a faulty module? Not sure what the process of elimination would be or what to check first to possibly fix this issue.

      This isn't a dire issue but it is rather annoying hearing the multiple errors and having the reset them at every startup system check. I am rather fond of LED for the power saving and aesthetic upgrade however I am debating on keeping my HID headlight conversion kit.

      Any suggestions? Thanks!
       
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      Yeah, your Lamp Out module looks for current or voltage. It was actually decontented after 97 I believe. I believe you can remove it or possibly add resistors. It is rare for a LED to go out anyway. The LOM can fail and make your headlights stop working too.
       
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      Rhett Let Them Eat Cake Elite Explorer

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      Yep, you either need resistors, or you needed to purchase LED lights that have them built-in. Most of the places that sell LED lights should be able to sell you resistors, also, or lights that come with them.

      On my newer vehicle (I also own a 2012 VW Golf R), I can code out the bulb out error using a tuning program I have. As for your truck, I don't know if Tweecer or similar could do that. If available for your 2nd gen, that's an option too...
       
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      The message center is its own module and invisible to any scan tool. Another option may be an Arduino, you could probably have it watch LED current and output a resistance if the bulb works. Chances of a LED going out (I believe) is quite slim.
       

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