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Unread 04-24-2013, 05:26 PM   #1
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Hello,
As you can see here, I've had a slight malfunction with my taillight where the resistor got annihilated and seems to have taken the capacitor along with it.


I tested all the LEDs and they checked out fine, it's just the resistor and capacitor that are broken.
As you can probably tell by the title, I'd like to repair my taillights by replacing these two faulty parts. (I seriously can't justify wasting $47 a piece on new lights when I could just fix them myself).

Here is my other taillight- same problem, but the capacitor (circled in red) is OK. I just can't read what it says.


If anyone knows for sure the specs of the capacitor and resistor, I would greatly appreciate it.
If not (they'll be tricky to replace anyway) does anyone know if I can buy JUST the circuit board for these lights?

$94 is waaaay too much to spend on a busted resistor and some ash on the plastic, any help here is greatly appreciated.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 05:27 PM   #2
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Sorry the picture is so huge, here's the link: http://hostthenpost.org/uploads/808f...ec6d55439c.png
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Unread 04-24-2013, 05:38 PM   #3
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this look like resistor ?


http://www.vleds.com/resistors/led-l...ix-1-pair.html
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I have brand new taillights that I am not going to use - willing to sell for a reasonable price - wouldn't mind getting them out of my garage
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Unread 04-25-2013, 09:43 AM   #5
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The photo is blurry, but a capacitor does not make any sense in that circuit...
It is most likely a diode used to protect the LEDs from reverse polarity.
Those piranha LEDs usually have about 10v reverse polarity tolerance.
You can buy a 1N4004 diode at RadioShack for under 25cents, it has 400v reverse voltage and 1A forward current which should be enough to drive the 5 LEDs.
If you cannot read the color bands in the current limiting resistor, just put a meter to the one on the good light (make sure it is unplugged from anything else). Just buy the standard size closest to the resistance reading from the meter (likely under 300ohms).
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Why waste all that time and money with LED. Just get standard 12V OEM type taillights and plug them in. They cost much less.
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Take a better picture of the damaged components. I agree with Sergio that one of them is a diode not a capacitor. I would expect a diode and a resistor or multiple resistors.
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Why waste all that time and money with LED. Just get standard 12V OEM type taillights and plug them in. They cost much less.
they look COOL !!!!
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Unread 04-25-2013, 07:04 PM   #9
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this look like resistor ?
Nada.

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The photo is blurry, but a capacitor does not make any sense in that circuit...
It is most likely a diode used to protect the LEDs from reverse polarity.
Not much I can do about the picture- its my camera with a magnifying glass- I can't even read it with my own eyes.
Thanks for identifying the diode though.

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You can buy a 1N4004 diode at RadioShack for under 25cents, it has 400v reverse voltage and 1A forward current which should be enough to drive the 5 LEDs.
Awesome, I'll check it out.

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If you cannot read the color bands in the current limiting resistor, just put a meter to the one on the good light (make sure it is unplugged from anything else). Just buy the standard size closest to the resistance reading from the meter (likely under 300ohms).
Just to clarify, both taillights are non-operational, only the passenger side one caught on fire.
There's one good resistor left on the circuit board I can clearly read. I mainly just needed help figuring out what exactly the diode was.

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Take a better picture of the damaged components. I agree with Sergio that one of them is a diode not a capacitor. I would expect a diode and a resistor or multiple resistors.
I can't really do any better, as stated above this was my camera with a magnifying glass in front. These components are tiny.
By looking at the 'good' taillight there are 2 resistors and a diode in addition to the 5 LEDs, so you are correct.

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Why waste all that time and money with LED. Just get standard 12V OEM type taillights and plug them in. They cost much less.
As previously stated, they look cool.
However, I've never come across 'cheap' OEM Precedent taillights- I'd be more than happy to purchase a set if anyone can provide a link to a legitimate seller.
$94 is just outrageous.

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I have brand new taillights that I am not going to use - willing to sell for a reasonable price - wouldn't mind getting them out of my garage
Depending on the outcome of my repair attempts, or purchasing OEM lights, I would consider it. :)
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Unread 04-26-2013, 12:03 AM   #10
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just bought a set for $45 delivered from ebay.
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