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Old 04-26-2013, 04:37 PM
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I recently bought and installed some led cab lights for my truck, map and dome work and look awesome but I also got some license plate ones so i figured what the hell ill install those. They both light up bright and good but EVIC says license plate light out. Is this a common thing that i just have to deal with or is there a fix?
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You will need to get canbus LED's for those so the dash thinks you got a real bulb in there

Ex: http://www.ebay.ca/itm/2-x-LED-Light...038373&vxp=mtr
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Thanks, so i would assume then that all exterior led bulbs need to be can bus?
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Yes, most need this, you can also tric it by installing a 5 - 10 % resistor from the positive of each light to the body ground, not all will solve all problems, flashers can sometimes be fixed by canbus but not all, I had to install resistors for my flashers.
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I just installed non-canbus led lights in my license plate lights and they are working great.

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I have been running non-canbus LEDs in my license plate lights for over a year and no issues... That's weird...
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I have been running non-canbus LEDs in my license plate lights for over a year and no issues... That's weird...
Some have the EVIC that tells them when a bulb is burnt out, I think this is on the 2013's, maybe even on the 2012's
Evic, may be wrong on the 2012's I don't have Evic on my 2012. If you replace your flashers with LED's they will also flash hyper fast, this is the truck indicating you have a burnt bulb, basically the Relay does not sense a load, does the same with the LED bulbs because they have very little resistance and draw very little power to light, by adding a resistor to the body from the positive of the bulb you create a load as if a regular incandescent light is there. Canbus LED bulbs have a built in resistor to create the load so the Evic does not give an error, for Flasher bulbs not all canbus LED bulbs will work for the hyper flash, but will silence the Evic.

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I don't mean to hijack the thread but since we're talking about led rear plate lights I have had the LEDs in for almost a year now and my LEDs wont stay on. I constantly have to pull them out and shake and tap them to make them come back on. Anybody have a remedy for this?
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I don't mean to hijack the thread but since we're talking about led rear plate lights I have had the LEDs in for almost a year now and my LEDs wont stay on. I constantly have to pull them out and shake and tap them to make them come back on. Anybody have a remedy for this?
depending on your truck, its an express, but might have Evic, if you have Evic its cause you don't have can bus resistor integrated bulbs, if you don't have Evic, then get better bulbs, I have had mine installed for over a year with no issues.
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