trunk wiring help?!

CL Wong montesawong at
Sun Aug 18 10:03:00 EDT 2002

Patient is a 200Q20v.

Tried to solve my inoperative reverse lights this
morning but made matters worse instead.  It doesn't
help that I have no idea how any of this stuff works
but here goes.

Used Scott Mockry's test (parking lights on, in
reverse, postive to hot parking and negative to hot
backup and found circuit, same thing out of reverse
and still have circuit.)

I do get 12v on the reverse light circuit when I put
my negative multimeter lead on a metal object but not
on the ground for bulb so the reverse switch is good.
Bulbs are new.

Found some cracked wiring jackets but no broken wires.
After wrapping up the cracked jackets with electric
tape, the driver-side parking light stopped working.
Cut the wiring bundle that has the reverse and parking
light wires out of the car for an out of the car
inspection (it's hot outside) and found no faulty
wires.  Where else should I look?  I'm sure after I
put the wiring harness together again (it's too hot to
solder for now) my reverse lights still won't work and
the drivierside parking still won't work.

My suspicion is the ground, but do the lights get
ground from somewhere other than the 14gauge ground
cable in this wiring harness?

Do I need to check out the right side trunk wires?
doesn't look like much there.

Got to get a quick resolution.  The wife is
threatening to give the car away.

thanks in advance.


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