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Tail lights Why do the rear tail light relay boards burn out. I've replaced them so many times, They will last a while then burn out. What do I do?

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    never heard of this issue, are you running trailer wiring through hese relays?

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Make sure that the wires don't have a short in the wires coming back to the rear lights i had to replace one of the wires going to the back of my 88 c1500

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