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Help with trailer lights

Stazz75

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Hey all I have a 97 xlt. I am having troubles getting my trailer lights to work. I went to the auto parts store and bought the 4 flat plug that plugs into the connector under the rear bumper of the suv. Hooked it all up and have no trailer lights. I checked and I have power at the plug so I know it's not a fuse or anything. Somebody said it's because I have the amber turn signals and I need some type of adapter. Anybody got any ideas of what I need? I pull a trailer frequently and don't need a ticket just cuz my trailer lights aren't working..
 
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drdoom

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Chances are it is a ground issue. The small trailers we have ground through the ball hitch. On new powder coated recievers it does not ground too well til they get scuffed up a bit.
 
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drdoom

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That amber business is a load of rubbish.
 
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Stazz75

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The lights work fine when it's hooked up to my dad's truck though..
 
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bobflood

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The lights work fine when it's hooked up to my dad's truck though..

+1 on what drdoom said. This seems to support that if your Dad's truck is a little older and grounds better thru hitch. If need be, you can add a connectorized ground wire to your wiring arrangement. Good luck.
 
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Stazz75

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Dad's truck is actually newer. It's a 2012 chevy
 
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