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Old 09-14-2019, 11:09 AM   #1
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grounding tail light directly to frame

firstly, I searched the forums and couldn't find anything specific to my question so my apologies if this is at all redundant.

I lost the ground to my right side tail lights. I'm wondering if I can wire the ground directly to a good ground?
I did locate the issue, being a missing ground but, can't find anything obvious other than a couple of bad connections. After remaking a the connections it still didn't help. I did have power to the turn signals and tail light on the right side when testing for voltage on the two pins powering the turn signal and tail light.

Again, my question is can the ground (white wire) off the lights be wired directly to a ground?

Thanks, Bob
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Old 09-14-2019, 11:23 AM   #2
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The easy answer is "yes". All of your ground wires are common with the trailer frame. If you have 12v to the hot wire when the tail lights are on then the ground wire can be connected to any available permanent ground.

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Old 09-14-2019, 11:26 AM   #3
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I can think of no reason that grounding to the frame would cause any issues for this low current device. Temporarily hook to the frame to make sure the ground is really the issue and is solved by doing so.
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Old 09-14-2019, 11:48 AM   #4
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Thanks, guys I just wanted to make sure as I have grounded utility trailers this way.
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