Q: Burnt wires leading to tail lights.

asked by on October 25, 2016

My 98 k2500 pickup has a lot of issues that i'm fixing one at a time. Well, the tail lights, rear signals and reverse lights weren't working. My friend messed around with the rat's nest of wires in the back and even swapped out a new rear harness from spare parts. No change. So he messed with the wires again and re connected a few grounds and the lights looked like a pink floyd light show. He finally got the lights working properly, except the reverse lights would only come on for a second when I start or stop the engine. The next day I brought it over to him and we followed the cluster of wires from the back to the front and where it goes up into the engine compartment, the wires are all melted and the copper is touching. I tried disconnecting the 3 connections under the hood to get access to the crispy wires and noticed that my fuel pump wasn't working while they were disconnected. We connected the harnesses and checked the lights and now the reverse lights are stuck on. I've looked

My car has 172000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi - wow, what a challenge! Regarding the reverse lights being on all the time, I would check the reverse light switch on the transmission. I suspect it is stuck in the "ON" position. Regarding the fuel pump being inoperative, yes, the power for it follows the same wiring set as the rear lights. Be sure the fuel pump has an adequate ground connection as well - since you are re-doing that wiring as well. If you feel the need for some additional electrical wiring expertise, I would recommend having a [Electrical Components are Not Working Inspection(https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/electrical-components-are-not-working-inspection) completed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, to diagnose this problem, get an accurate assessment of damage and cost estimate for repairs.

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