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Today Bob and I removed the dash so that Kendall can run down the short I have in the 'vert. he has every confidence that he can get this done. Took us about 90 minutes to get the dash out. Although I cheated by already having the top pad and console out to make the dash removal go a little faster.  

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Today Bob and I reinstall the dash.

 Kendall found the short. It was in the loom of wires that run in front of the engine from the dash to the cornering lamps. In this case the passenger side. He also closely inspected the taillight bulbs and found 4 that were "bad" The filiment in these 4 bulbs were touching each other and didn't look right, so out they went.

 We did set the dash in place so we could reconnect the junction box of wires and then test our work. We ran all the tests, high/low beams, taillights, brake lights, running lights, fog lights, and directionals.

All good...

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Wow, what a process. Hats off to the gumption to trace that spaghetti around the car, whew. Any hint what caused a short inside a loomed wire harness? Was it up front below the radiator area?

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Yeah. Don't use a self drilling screw into the support for the radiator without checking to see if the loom is on the other side. It just nicked a tan wire and was enough to cause a dead short that was virtually untraceable. We were mounting the two relays for the after market headlight relay harness. The leads were too short for both headlights so we cheated and installed the relays as close as we could to make the wires be long enough without splicing. The icing on the cake? The harness was no good either, right out of the box. 

 We spent about 20 hours with Kendal's, Bob's and my time running tests looking for shorts, disconnecting modules, disconnecting pigtails to the taillights, and front cornering lights, headlights, etc. We even removed the seats and redid the splices on both sides. And then removed the dash and traced wires from there, which is how we found it. 

 It was a bitch replacing the dash because we had on pigtail that had a 8 pin female and three pin mail but was a perfect match for each other. Turned out to be the Bose 3 pin pigtail not the Reatta pigtail [remember the Reatta uses a lot of parts from the Riv] so it burned up the stereo [at the drivers side rear as it gave power to the speaker wires because Bose speakers are powered]. Fortunately I have an extra stereo in my parts bin and can be running tomorrow. 

 But what a nightmare. All for a defective after market harness and a self tapping screw in the wrong place. 

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Most people would have given up and never found that short. As you have said before, a lot of problems can be traced back to the last thing you did but in this case who would have suspected a screw holding that harness causing so much trouble. Glad you got it fixed.

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