Reverse light socket ground wire

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  1. Markzilla88

    Markzilla88 Well-Known Member

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    I need to install new reverse light sockets in my 72 Demon, as they weren’t there when I bought the car. I have a random unconnected wire coming from the loom that houses the wiring harness for the tail lights that I’m assuming is the hot wire for the reverse socket but I will need to check to be sure first. However I was wondering if anyone can identify where the ground wire for the socket connects or should be tied in to. Thanks

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    Kendog 170 Let the boy go !

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    The socket should ground through the housing and there should only be one wire to feed the bulb.
    Check the random wire with a test light before you hook any socket in. There might be an issue somewhere else. Or may be someone just needed a couple sockets and "snip" !
     
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    So I’ve already purchased two reverse light sockets and they look similar to the one posted here. They both seem to have a negative wire running from them.
    I was aware they ground to the housing, but maybe it’s an extra ground wire for good measure? I’ve had issues with my original tail light housing wiggling and rattling loose
     
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    A extra ground wire is a good idea. Many of the lights on 5hese old cars fail because of a bad ground. I have a wire or two soldered to sockets to provide a good ground.
     
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