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Old 06-20-2015, 02:51 PM   #1
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T-Taps Beware!

For anyone using T-taps for electrical connections I learned the hard way so thought I would pass this on to those that already don't know. Most times they work fine but sometimes even though they look fine after making the splice they are not. Even with the proper size sometimes the new connection is not complete. I installed ambient lighting and had spent the entire day going very slowly and double checking. Even checked with test light prior to reassembly of the door panel. Turns out the LED didn't work on one side so logically since I took my time and checked with a test light ordered a new LED. As Murphy's law would have it the ground wire was the one not fully connected. Trouble shot again this week and fixed the problem by replacing with a new T tap.
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Old 06-20-2015, 02:59 PM   #2
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Hope the light wasn't expensive! I always check my wiring before replacing anything its connected too.
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Old 06-20-2015, 03:02 PM   #3
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Why wouldn't you power the light from a known good source before condemning it? I never cared for those connectors. Nothing beats soilder and shrink tube when it comes to car wiring.
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Old 06-20-2015, 05:00 PM   #4
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I am with Motorhead nothing but solder and shrink tubing for me. never had a connection come loose in 40 years.
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Old 06-20-2015, 05:19 PM   #5
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Agree!

No more T taps for me. Solder and shrink wrap for sure.
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Old 06-22-2015, 11:50 AM   #6
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as a pro installer for many years i will never do anything else besides solder and shrink/ quality elec. tape
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Old 06-22-2015, 12:38 PM   #7
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I've never had a problem using T Taps or scotch Locs. Just have to make sure to use the correct size and install them properly. I always leaned to T Taps because they could be disconnected easily if needed.
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