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Wiring Just removed hair, etc and had to remove the motor and clipped the light wires. Reinstalled but blew lights. Wired series> wired parallel> deffinetly wired wrong have a diagram?

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Re: Wiring

First, what is the model number? I'll shoot you a wiring schematic.

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Backwards wiring. The motor will still run but the lights keep going out right?

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