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Troubleshooting Trailer Parking Lights Not Working With 2003 Chevy Silverado  


I have a 2000 Silverado and a 2003 Silverado extended cab and the trailer parking lights will not work. truck lights work fine and all other lights on the trailer works fine but not getting any voltage to the plug for the parking lights and I cant find a fuse labeled for it. any ideas?


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I took a look at an online copy of an owner's manual for a 2003 Chevy Silverado and it looks like the fuse you are looking for is labeled "TRL PARK" and is in the upper left of the underhood fuse block. You should start there as that may solve the issue if the fuse needs replacing, otherwise there are a number of troubleshooting steps you can attempt.

What you can do is use a circuit tester like the very handy Cordless Circuit Tester # PTW2979 to test the connector on your vehicle after disconnecting it from your trailer. Check the wiring going into your harness from your tail lights to see if those wires are carrying the correct signals, if not then the issue is with the vehicle wiring.

If the signals going to your harness are okay, you'll need to test the signals coming out of the harness, and if they are correct then your issue is likely going to be with the trailer side wiring. You will also want to check both your vehicle and trailer connectors for corrosion, which can be green or white in color. A build-up of corrosion can interfere with the signals getting through the connectors so if it is present you will need to either replace the plug or clean the corrosion.

An important issue you will want to take a look at are the ground connections, as they can be the cause of numerous lighting problems. You'll want to make sure your grounds are securely attached to bare metal surfaces free of any paint, dirt or corrosion of any kind. Also check your wiring thoroughly to ensure there are none that are crimped, broken or otherwise damaged.

I have added links to a pair of help articles on trailer wiring, including a troubleshooting guide which I highly recommend taking a look at.

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Kyle S

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