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Fuse 16 Blown Parking Lights Out - Short

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I've been reading a bunch of threads and chasing a short in the parking/tail light circuit and need some advise. I have checked the wires in the front wheel wells for shorts, disconnected the tail lights and rear corner lights, checked the license plate lights, checked the cig ring light, and the light switch. I get continuity between positive and negative wire at every point I have disconnected the lights. Fuse 16 blows immediately when I try to replace it so it is a solid short. Questions are:

Can the Switch Pack Unit cause a short like this if it goes bad?

Are there common failure locations I haven't listed?

Any advise on how I go about narrowing down where the short is in the harness?

Thanks for any help!

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@vegeman - Do you have LED tail lights?

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Yes I do. Tail lights are disconnected and I still get continuity in the circuit.
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@vegeman - This thread describes different symptoms but may have some information that would be helpful:

Brake Lights Issue

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Well it isn't in the rear of the car. Disconnected all of the rear and still have the short. I disconnected and checked the front two markers and I don't think it is there either. That leaves under the dash, the switch pack, under the front clam, and between the rear and front. Any advice? Can the switch pack cause a short?
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2006 Exige

I've been reading a bunch of threads and chasing a short in the parking/tail light circuit and need some advise. I have checked the wires in the front wheel wells for shorts, disconnected the tail lights and rear corner lights, checked the license plate lights, checked the cig ring light, and the light switch. I get continuity between positive and negative wire at every point I have disconnected the lights. Fuse 16 blows immediately when I try to replace it so it is a solid short. Questions are:

Can the Switch Pack Unit cause a short like this if it goes bad?

Are there common failure locations I haven't listed?

Any advise on how I go about narrowing down where the short is in the harness?

Thanks for any help!
My guess is that it is the SPM.
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