1994 Ford Explorer

Tiny
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Electrical problem
1994 Ford Explorer Four Wheel Drive

Our explorer was backed into and the tailight was broken, along with the bulb and the silver "reflector". We got a replacement bulb and checked all of the fuses. However it still doesnt light. I was wondering if you could me what the possible problem is?
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Friday, January 16th, 2009 AT 4:55 PM

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Tiny
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How bad was the damage? Only one light was broken? Does the other side work? Did you find the fuse labled for the taillights, there is more than one box. I would inspect the wires and go to work with a tester.
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Friday, January 16th, 2009 AT 5:18 PM
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It was just the only the drivers side. We checked the box under the dash and the one under the hood. How Do I go about using the tester?
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Friday, January 16th, 2009 AT 5:32 PM
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Get a tester, it will be a metal stck with a lght and a ground. Or at least that kind will do. You will conect the metal clasp to the ground and touch the wire that should be hot with the metal needle. Do not worry about getting shocked. DC will not hurt you, unless you are touching the starter. Give me a few and I will tell you where to start.
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Friday, January 16th, 2009 AT 6:16 PM
Tiny
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Thanx
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Friday, January 16th, 2009 AT 6:25 PM
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Alright. Getting hit in the rear end could have caused a short somewhere in the wires. First double check the bulb, it may have been faulty. Doubt it. Now get used to working the tester. Try on battery first to make sure you get the hang of it. Clamp he clasp to the ground (not terminal. Just metal of car) and tap the positive of the battery. If the bulb light we are good to go. Go to the fuse box and find the fuse for the taillights. Remove it and take a look at where it went. There are two metal holes it went into, one should be hot (may or may not have to have the key turned) and the other not. Once you have found out that that is okay, move to the wires that go to the bulb, just right there where the bulb connects. Inspect the wires with your eyes and feel around for any damage the wire might have received. This will be a trial and error process, but once you learn how to work the tester you can find out where you get power to and where you do not. Once you determine that the wire gets power from the beginning, but not to the bulb, start checking the middle and move toward the end until you find the break
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Friday, January 16th, 2009 AT 7:27 PM

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