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Old December 23rd, 2010, 05:58 PM
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bad light switch?

i continue to be plagued by electrical gremlins and am looking for some advice. about a month ago i climbed in the truck and found that the lights on the dash gauges, dash switches and clock no longer came on with the headlights. checked a few other things and also found that the hazard lights would only come on if the turn signal was also on. irritating but i could live with it. tried to find a shop here that would be willing to take on this project which wasnt easy. got in the truck yesterday to drive to a shop to have them eyeball it before they would give me a go ahead. of course now the headlights no longer came on and only the front right running light comes on. after searching this site and looking at some diagrams i wonder if this could all be the result of burnt out connections in the headlight switch? should i just try replacing that before paying a shop to diagnose all my problems?
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Old December 23rd, 2010, 06:37 PM
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I have had some similar problems in the past. Check continuity for ground and work backwards. Its almost always a ground.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 10:05 PM
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I have had some similar problems in the past. Check continuity for ground and work backwards. Its almost always a ground.
Similar problem but I think it is the light switch. Switch has been very stiff and I just had to hold it in all the way back from dinner. And no other lights were working. Any advice? New switch?
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Old March 12th, 2011, 07:14 AM
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These switches wear out, the contacts get worn, the solder joints break. I pulled mine and was able to fix it with a little soldering, but if you're not handy that way just order a new one.

If you haven't yet, you should rewire your headlamps with relays so the main power does not flow through the column switch. It will add years to the switch's life.
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If there are no dash lights or clock, it could also be a broken interior dimmer switch, right? My headlights work just fine, but I have no dash lights. I cleaned all of the contacts in the dimmer switch, but still no luck. I meant to see if I could pull Dan's dimmer switch yesterday to see if that's the problem before I go buy one from RDS or the like.

------ Follow up post added January 23rd, 2012 12:52 PM ------

PS - what ever happened to Shane Cates - huck1974 - he just dropped off the planet out of nowhere.
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Ended up just being a blown fuse on fuse bank 11 - found it while sorting out brake lights. The port wasn't supposed to have been associated with the interior dash lights but apparently it was. Glad it was an easy/cheap fix.
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