How To: Wire Toyota Cavalier Tails

30 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on How To: Wire Toyota Cavalier Tails

Thanks to Lenko (instructions) and Poisoncavi (pictures) on JBO:

the materials you will need:

solder tool OR

butt connectors (your choice)

about 10 ft of extra wire

wiring cutter/splicer

7mm socket and socket wrench

and most importantly, patience#33;

the install:

Pop off the steering column top cover. You may need to unscrew 3 t-25 torx head/7mm bolts under the steering wheel column to do this.

the tool:

this is the 3 t-25 torx head/7mm bolts under the steering wheel column that you have to take off:

Locate the white wire on the turn signal switch harness. This is the feed from the brake switch, which tells the signals to flash on and off the brake light on each side. Do not confuse it with the gray cruise control wire. DOUBLE CHECK that it IS the brake wire by testing with a multimeter or a test light.

It should have +12 volts when you press the brake pedal. Cut the white wire and tape it off. Give it an inch or so, just in case if you have to reconnect it in the future.

here are 2 good pictures that show the famous white wire that they are talking about.

this is where it#39;s located:

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this is a pic of the white wire cut:

Reinstall the steering column cover.

In the trunk, either cut off the factory plug to the brake light, or pull the wires out of the plastic connector. You can solder the new connections or use butt connectors (your choice).

Ok now, this can throw some people off, which is why I took some pix to explain this.Rewire the plug as follows: the black wire (ground) goes to black, brown wire (marker lights +) goes to brown, yellow from car (left signal +) to light blue on Left tail, green from car (right signal +) to light blue on Right tail.

drivers side wiring of the wiring harness:

an illustration of the black wire (ground) going to black, brown wire (marker lights +) going to brown, and yellow from car (left signal +) to light blue on Left tail

passengers side wiring of the wiring harness:

an illustration of the black wire (ground) going to black, brown wire (marker lights +) going to brown, and green from car (right signal +) to light blue on Right tail.

in the pix you also se the white wire hooking up to another white wire. you will need to buy about 10ft of extra wire in order to acheive this next part.

Tap into the white wire(s) that go to the third brake light/high stop light on the spoiler or rear deck. If you don#39;t have one, you should at least have the wiring for it under the rear deck. Using some extra wire, connect the white wire from the third brake light to the remaining wires: yellow on left tail, green on right tail. NOTE#33; Some 02 models (and possibly 03 models) should use the yellow 3rd brake light wire.

DOUBLE CHECK the brake wires with a multimeter or test light first.

in my case i didn#39;t have a third brake light/high stop light on the spoiler or rear deck, but the wiring for it under the rear deck was there. here is a pic of the extra white wire i bought connected to the wiring under the rear deck:

Now test everything and it should work#33; hope this helps everyone in the future.

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