A local Waterford Excavating firm wanted to upgrade their 2016 Chevy Silverado work truck. So, Matt called and spoke with Integration Specialist Doug Reichert. Matt wanted to add two warning strobes to the silverado front grille area and an additional two strobes to the rear work bed of the truck. Doug said no problem, we stock those lights! In detail, Doug suggested 2 Flex 6 Led’s Warning strobes in the front grille and 2 Edge 3 LED’s for the rear. Matt explained that he wanted a separate switch to run all 4 lights. He wanted this separate from the existing Hazard lights. Again, Doug said no problem. Of course, we can mount a separate switch near the headlight switch for the Silverado warning strobes only. Matt liked the idea! On top of that, he had been happy with a previous warning light installation ENORMIS had performed for him.
Power was Added to a Fuel Pump
Matt also had an auxiliary fuel tank mounted in the bed of the truck. The tank is for filling up the equipment at the job site. However, the fuel tank currently had no power to the pump and filling an excavator by hand was time consuming. So, Doug recommended that ENORMIS mount another switch directly above the strobe light switch. On top of that, we will run heavy power wire from the truck battery to the fuel pump located in the bed. Matt liked that suggestion as well. Because of that, Doug scheduled the truck for the next day.
Warning Strobes Job Performed by an MECP Technician
At first, MECP Certified Technician Art chose a location for the switches on the existing headlight panel. He then dry fit the strobes in the front. In order to protect the strobes as much as possible, he decided that directly beneath the overhang of the grille was a good spot. Art then chose the location for the rear strobes centered underneath the taillights. Also, this location was away from the bed so as not to get damaged by loads. After the placement of the lights, Art ran the heavy power wire and the wire for the lighting from the front to the rear. Art followed and attached his loomed cable to the existing wiring harnesses. For safety, Art installed a 30 AMP self resetting circuit breaker for the fuel pump under the hood. Finally Art ran wires for the switches through the firewall and into the cab of the vehicle.
Art chose an orange LED switch for the Amber strobe lights and a green LED switch for the fuel pump so that the operator would easily tell the difference and not inadvertently turn on the fuel pump by mistake. After all the wiring and switches were installed, Art mounted the lights in the grille and into the rear. Finally testing was completed and Doug was able to return the vehicle back to Matt the same day.
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This post was provided by Doug Reichert. Call him! Doug has been in the automotive service business since 2001. In his free time, Doug likes working outside in his yard and enjoys exercising. Doug is active in his community by volunteering at his church and for several nonprofits.