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ORACLE BRONCO grill letters install glitches?

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Installed my grill letters yesterday w backlight amber. Did a little research and was suggested for other lights to tap into fuse#9 (ignition coils). This would make them always on.

2 glitches:

1) The B did not work. After all my precise wire connecting, shrink fit joints, black tape to clean it up, and zip ties only to find out one letter does not work. Is there a way to test a letter to see if is getting power w/o tearing it all apart?

2) When I shut car off the letters are still lit?!?!
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Seems that some of the accessories stay on for a few seconds after the vehicle is off. How did you connect to the fuse box? As for checking it the B is getting Voltage you can probe the two wires to see if it is there.
 
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Seems that some of the accessories stay on for a few seconds after the vehicle is off. How did you connect to the fuse box? As for checking it the B is getting Voltage you can probe the two wires to see if it is there.
I will test more today as it was very late last night. Maybe you’re right and it just shuts off after X seconds.

I used add-a-fuse which is a shared connection with an existing fuse

“Probe”? I can’t just hover my voltmeter over the wire, can I?
 

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I think the lights should time out eventually. Crack a beer and keep watch for a few minutes. As far as the other glitch, I was afraid of your exact situation - so I first bench tested (I realize it's too late for you now, sorry), then I kept testing them as I worked on the project. I'm just mentioning this so that anyone that reads this - I highly recommend continuing to test after each step, cause once it's buttoned up it's a pain. I just used a little 9V battery until wired in to the Bronco.

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You should be able to pierce the wire insulation with the leads from your meter to test for voltage. Just put one (black) to ground and poke your other (red) through the insulation. If there is power going to the letter through it’s own wiring then the LEDs may be dead. You get destroy LEDs wiring them in reverse, I would hope that Oracle would have tested them all before sending them out. I have the white backlit ones and had no issues but that was my case. I also tested them each before mounting them to the grill just to make sure I was good to go. Hope you maybe just somehow have a bad connection rather than a bad LED.
 

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You should be able to pierce the wire insulation with the leads from your meter to test for voltage. Just put one (black) to ground and poke your other (red) through the insulation. If there is power going to the letter through it’s own wiring then the LEDs may be dead. You get destroy LEDs wiring them in reverse, I would hope that Oracle would have tested them all before sending them out. I have the white backlit ones and had no issues but that was my case. I also tested them each before mounting them to the grill just to make sure I was good to go. Hope you maybe just somehow have a bad connection rather than a bad LED.
Ok yes that’s what I was thinking too. Just expose some wire. If bad LED but I got power that’s an easy fix. Just splice in a new one. If no power, then I gotta tear apart that first connection
 

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If you don’t want to expose the wire you can just stab one lead into the insulation and should be able to get a reading, just be careful cause it’s easy to stab yourself. I assume since the other letters work that you have power. You can always check for continuity by putting one test lead on the wire by the fuse tap and the other on the wire connected to the B, if there is continuity that would verify your connection as well if not then it would be likely that the connector missed that wire.
 
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If you don’t want to expose the wire you can just stab one lead into the insulation and should be able to get a reading, just be careful cause it’s easy to stab yourself. I assume since the other letters work that you have power. You can always check for continuity by putting one test lead on the wire by the fuse tap and the other on the wire connected to the B, if there is continuity that would verify your connection as well if not then it would be likely that the connector missed that wire.
Yes all the other letters work. I will expose the wire today thru insulation and hope I don’t have to tear apart a soldered joint.

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Oracle tests them before shipping. I have zero faith in my fellow human beings - so I tested them upon arrival. Just touched each one to my battery terminals to make sure they all worked. Chances are high this is a wiring problem with your “B” - which will be a simple fix.

As for staying on after you turn off the vehicle - I will assume that they were NOT on when you first connected the wiring to your power source. Which means what you are seeing is the expected Bronco behavior of zone lighting/etc staying on for “X” minutes after you turn the key off.

Pretty sure I remember a setting on the dash display for this length of time. But it’s been a while.

But regardless…..LED’s draw VERY LITTLE power. Those “X” minutes of staying on after you turn off the Bronco are not hurting anything.

Fix your ”B” and you’re done. Enjoy!
 
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Oracle tests them before shipping. I have zero faith in my fellow human beings - so I tested them upon arrival. Just touched each one to my battery terminals to make sure they all worked. Chances are high this is a wiring problem with your “B” - which will be a simple fix.

As for staying on after you turn off the vehicle - I will assume that they were NOT on when you first connected the wiring to your power source. Which means what you are seeing is the expected Bronco behavior of zone lighting/etc staying on for “X” minutes after you turn the key off.

Pretty sure I remember a setting on the dash display for this length of time. But it’s been a while.

But regardless…..LED’s draw VERY LITTLE power. Those “X” minutes of staying on after you turn off the Bronco are not hurting anything.

Fix your ”B” and you’re done. Enjoy!
Correct…..they did not come on when first hooked to power. Only after I started the truck did they come on About to hit the garage and will report back as soon as I figure it out. Thanks for all the input from everyone.
 

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Interesting learning: just back at it and when you open door (with keyfob on you), the lights come on including Grill letters (tied to ignition coils)….Interesting!!!

and letters stay on for like a minute or more
 
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OK…using my V-meter I poked thru hot and got 12V going TO the letter, so this proves the LED is bad
 

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Good to see you got it. Looks good.
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