October 07, 2016
Installation Tips that I found out the hard way
These tips my save you the hassles I had. I had to removed the light housing several times. First removal was to install, second was to reseat the rubber gasket, third was to replace the bulbs, fourth was troubleshooting, and fifth was to repair pinch wires..
So like everyone say get new bulbs and install them during the time of installation. I had a light burn out that night..............Second tip is to keep the wires up and away from the bottom post. My wires got caught by the post and ended up getting pinch creating a short costing me wasted time trouble shooting it. You can push the little relay box or (whatever it's called) n between the two light to keep it out of the way. Then take the wires that go into the trunk and feed them from the bottom up and under the wires that go to the second bulb socket. It's easier to just remove the second bulb socket, lay the wires down then reinstall the second light. This kept my wires from hanging down close to the post again.........................Third tip is making sure the rubber grommet is properly seated. Once you get it in push on the top part of it until you hear a small pop. Then you know the top seal is in and you can now rotate it from the outside while pushing in. For me it was easier to push in the top part as I rotated the grommet left and right to seal it. Do this until you see it is fully seated. Test it by pushing on it from the trunk not hard just enough to test if it's seated. Make sure it's sealed because you can't seal it from inside the trunk, you'll have to remove the taillight housing to do it properly...........Not required but I picked up some rubber washer for the six post. It looked like my nuts had a rubber washer of some sort at one time so I got some from the local hardware store........Hope those lessons learned are helpful.......Don't forget the towel on the bumper..........Lights are working great once I repair the wires I damaged when pinched between the lower post. The AM support staff were excellent and had already began the process for me to return the lights when I discovered my pinched wires. Thank you AM!