How to Connect the Wiring on New Fog Lights

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Learn how to connect the wiring on your new fog lights with expert automotive tips in this free online car maintenance and repair video clip.

Part of the Video Series: How to Replace Fog Lights
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In these clips we're going to talk about the proper way to diagnose and replace your vehicle's fog lights or accessory lights. In this clip we're going to talk about the proper way to install your after market or accessory lights. I want to make a note to you; if you bought the direct fit factory fog lights, the connector will not look like this. It will be the mate to the connector that's on the vehicle which is actually over here. It will plug directly in and you won't have to do any wiring. The reason why we chose to go with after market assemblies, is they're approximately $100 a piece cheaper. So just the economics of it, we go with the after market. We're going to use a waterproof style connection. What we have here are butt connectors with built in shrink tube. As you can see they advertise them as waterproof connectors with shrink seal. Alright, I'm going to take and clip off the supplied connection. We're going to do one better than what they give you. Clip those off. I'm going to go ahead and strip the wire back a little bit. They make a million and one tools for stripping wire. I like to use a cigarette lighter. Let me demonstrate how this works. You just get the insulation warm and turn off with your fingers just like that. It doesn't get hot, it doesn't burn you. Do the same thing here on our black wire. Just get it warm and strip it off. We're going to do the same thing on the vehicle side. Take it and clip our wires off. Go ahead and strip the insulation back. Alright, we have our wires prepped and ready for our butt connectors. Take and open up my package, it's going to take one butt connector for each wire. I have my terminal pliers as you can see they're color coded, these are blue. You're going to want to use this section to crush them. It's a good idea to just grab a hold of it with your pliers and slip it on the wire until it bottoms out just like so and give it a squeeze. You're going to repeat that same process for the other wire, installing the connector there like so. Going to give a little tug, a little twist, make sure they stay where they're at. From there we're going to install the fog light in the same procedure. We're going to slide these inside there and use our terminal pliers to crimp the other end of the connector. And this is our last connection here. We're going to go ahead and squeeze it down with our terminal pliers. Alright, give it a tug, make sure it's tight. Make sure nothing is going to wiggle loose. From there you're ready to activate the shrinking portion of this, this is where they become waterproof at. Just heat this up and you can see how the blue insulation is beginning to shrink. What that will do is shrink right around our wire and cause it to seal up. This is be far and away better than electrical tape. There you go. You're going to repeat that step for all sides of both connections. As you can see there's actually sealant coming out of the bottom here. I don't know if you can see it but right there there's some gue that has come out of the terminal, that is the last one we have for sealing up and waterproofing our connection.

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