Parking/Marker Lamp Circuit Checklist
The purpose of this checklist is the describe the operation of the
marker and park lamp circuit and provide a diagnostic checklist for
troubleshooting. This information applies specifically to North American
models and does not take into account various world market variations.
The circuit is comprised of ten lamps, five fuses, and five bulb check
units. The front marker and park lamps are protected by fuses #14 and
#15 in the auxiliary fuse box. The two bulb check units for these front
lamps are mounted on the right side component panel, a few inches to the
right of the aux fuse box. The tail lamps, marker lamps, and license
lamps are protected by three inline fuse mounted in the boot on the
forward bulkhead, as are the three bulb check units for those lamps.
The bulb check units each have a bi-metal switch inside. In essence,
heat from the normal load of the circuit opens the switch. If a bulb
fails, the load/heat of the circuit is reduced, and allows the switch to
close, thus completing a circuit to the dashboard mounted warning light.
This circuit is easy to diagnose with a 12 volt test lamp. However, it
is important to know the grouping of circuits and lamps so you'll know
how much to check. For example, if the right rear tail lamp and the
right license lamp are both inoperative it is important to know that
they are on separate circuits. Here's the grouping, and each group has
it's own fuse and check unit.
L/F marker and L/F parklamp
R/F marker and R/F parklamp
L/R tail lamp and R/license
L/R marker and R/R marker
R/R tail lamp and L/license
All of the above EXCEPT L/license and R/tail lamp receive voltage from
the same source....red/slate wire at the lighting switch. If all of
these lamps are inoperative then you can expect a problem well
"upstream". The L/license and R/tail lamp receive voltage from the
red/orange wire at the lighting switch.
So, if one bulb within a group works it is safe to assume the the
circuit is operational and the fault is with the bulb, socket, or wiring
to that specific bulb. For example, if the right rear tail lamp works OK
but the left license lamp does not, then you know that the power supply,
fuse and bulb check unit for that group are OK and you can isolate the
fault to the license bulb, socket, or wiring. Also remember to check the
ground points....in each case easily tracable from the lamp....and
ground wires, which are always black. You are looking for clean, tight
Speaking of connections, these circuits are full of bullet connectors
which are prone to loosening and corrosion and are quite often the
culprits when a lamp isn't working. If single lamps are acting up and
you have known good bulbs, make sure to check, clean, and tighten your
connectors. Bulb sockets, too, tend to gather dirt and corrosion. A good
elctrical cleaning aerosol can be used or, after pulling the correct
fuse, use some WD40 and steel wool....if your fingers are small enough !
In either case follow up with some dielectric grease or a dab of light
oil for future protection.
If both bulbs within a group are inop then you'll want to check the fuse
for that group. It is often advised that fuses be summarily replaced as
a fuse which appears good may actually be open or intermittant. Of
course, you'll check that the contacts for the fuses are clean and
OK, assuming known good bulbs, good fuses, secure grounds, and clean
connectors we'll delve into some easy circuit testing.
1) Using your 12 volt test light, check the heavy brown wire at the
light switch. It should have 12 volts at all times as it is direct
battery feed from the left firewall junction post.
2) With the switch "on", check that the red/slate wire and the
red/orange wire have voltage. If no voltage here then there is an
internal fault in the switch. If voltage is Ok at these wires.....
3) Check for voltage at each of the bulb check units where the red/slate
wire enters (or red/orange in the case of the L/license and right tail
lamp). If voltage is not present at the check units then you have a
wiring or connector fault between the switch and the check unit. If
voltage is present at this point.....
4) Check for voltage exiting the check units on the red wires. If no
voltage on a red wire then the bulb check unit is "open" and needs
replacement. If voltage is exiting the check unit OK, then....
5) Check for voltage to the fuses, also on red wires. If no voltage to
the fuse then you have a wiring fault between the fuse and the check
unit. If voltage is present at both sides of the fuse but the lamp still
does not operate then you have a wiring or connector fault between the
fuse and the lamp.
Incidentally, you'll notice that each bulb check unit has a white/slate
wire. This wire on each unit goes the the bulb failure warning lamp and
should have voltage only if a bulb is burned out.
See how easy ? Still believe there is mystery to Jag electrics ? Nah.