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New Taillights

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by GLS, Dec 19, 2001.

  1. GLS

    GLS Senior Member
    Messages: 248

    I have an '89 chevy silverado 1500 with some messed up taillights. The inside is all rusted and some of the lights don't work...replacing them didn't solve the problem. Does anyone know where I can buy these NEW or in GOOD condition (not from the junk yard)?

  2. Alan

    Alan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,393

    Seems like a trip to your local Chevy or GMC dealer is the way to go here. Had the same problem with our 89, I cured it for a while by soldering a jumper wire across the break in the metal strip. It was hell getting the rust off and cleaning it up to get a good solder bond.
  3. DEISL

    DEISL Member
    Messages: 61

    Do you need the housing bezel or the wiring?
  4. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    That was a common problem with older GM's 88 and up.Dealer has updated circuit boards for each side with improved sealing and they use the new 2357 style bulbs.We service several GM and Chev fleets,and all have been converted and nay a problem since.
  5. GLS

    GLS Senior Member
    Messages: 248

    Thanks...i'll have to go to my dealer sometime soon. Do you know how much these cost?


    OBRYANMAINT PlowSite.com Veteran
    from ohio
    Messages: 534

    i have an 89 , that i had to replace the "whole" light assembly and i at the time replaced the whole harness from firewall back because of soooo many splices and such
  7. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    As far as I can remember they were about $50-60 per side from the dealer.These are canadian prices,so they should be cheaper in US.When you order them tell them you are from Joe's Garage,and you should get a 10-15% discount as well.This works at most auto parts places as well to get a discount.

    Remember to pickup some new bulbs,and a spare or two,as the new circuit boards use the newer bulbs.Use a good quality bulb like GE or Sylvania,or you'll be replacing them again soon.
  8. plowjockey

    plowjockey PlowSite.com Sponsor
    Messages: 622

    I was blowing tailight bulbs in my K-2500 (85) and I finally figured out that I was slamming the tailgate when I closed it. When I slowed down and closed it more gently (i.e. using the latch to close it) the problem went away. I guess the vibration caused from excessive hard closing was shaking the #$$% out of the filaments.

  9. chevroletwizard

    chevroletwizard Junior Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 13

    plowjockey, easy with those canons u got for arms:D

    everyone is so right, bad board for the early years of that new body style. ex g/f dads stepside did it when it was only 5yrs old.