Need help rewiring my 1988 Chevy C1500 pickup..


Old 02-26-12, 01:42 PM
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Question Need help rewiring my 1988 Chevy C1500 pickup..

I have replaced switches and* attempted to strengthen connections with electrical tape to no avail; and am now determined to fix the problem from the ground up. I have no experience with automotive electrical work and would very much appreciate as much detailed help as possible. My primary goal is to rewire my rear and front lights, as well as the door locks and windows.
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Old 03-04-12, 06:24 AM
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You better get a manual with wiring diagrams. No way we can walk you thru all this on here.
Old 03-04-12, 02:52 PM
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I would add to that, if you're not proficient with a soldering gun now would be a good time to learn. Lasting electrical repairs are made with soldered connections and heat-shrink tubing rather than crimp-on connectors and/or electrical tape.

Beyond that, as Wrench says, you're going to need a diagram and plenty of patience. The good news is that it's an older vehicle, sometimes less confusing circuits than newer stuff, and a truck, often easier to access wiring harness.
Old 03-04-12, 09:41 PM
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Are you going to attempt this from scratch with your own wire, or will you be buying a replacement harness? With the correct parts it's really a piece of cake. Have fun!
Old 03-07-12, 07:56 PM
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The same to you
Old 03-07-12, 08:25 PM
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Could be a larger undertaking than you imagine. Just so you know though, see if you can find a wiring diagram at If nothing else, you'll have a better idea what you're getting into. Wiring on cars aint what it used to be... No where near as accessible for starters. Good luck. :-)
Old 03-10-12, 12:26 PM
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Don't fix it if it isn"t broke

Uh. Complete re-wiring a vehicle even with factory harnesses and diagrams can be a nightmare. I suggest you determine which is "broken" and repair by adding wiring fixes as required.

However, I know some of us love a challenge. SO GOOD LUCK.

Its all fun


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