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Old January 29th, 2013, 02:58 AM
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I installed the VDO gauges tonight and everything went well other than the fact my drivers side driving lamp (little light next to headlight) and drivers side high beam went out. I checked to see if the driving lamp was getting power (it was not) and turned the lights on again and now neither driving lamp nor the drivers high beam work.

I checked the fuses and all is well. Did something get disconnected as I was changing the gauges? Anyone have any idea what could be wrong?

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Old January 29th, 2013, 10:49 AM
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Is it left or right hand drive (i.e. which side is the "drivers")?

Do your low beams work OK? How about your turn signals?
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Old January 29th, 2013, 10:54 AM
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It is a LHD.

Low beams work just fine

Turn signals work (at least the hazards work. I'm not able to turn over the 90 yet as I am doing some work on the turbo drain line, so I cant tell if the turn signals work from the stalk)
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Old January 29th, 2013, 11:21 AM
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I had a similar problem and it ended up being one of the wires on the switch cluster on the steering column had come loose. Since you were in that area replacing gauges it could be the same thing.
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Old January 29th, 2013, 11:25 AM
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I had a similar problem and it ended up being one of the wires on the switch cluster on the steering column had come loose. Since you were in that area replacing gauges it could be the same thing.

I will definitely take a look at that. Was it where the wires connected to the switch or was it the connection inside the dash?
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Old January 29th, 2013, 11:28 AM
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I had a similar problem and it ended up being one of the wires on the switch cluster on the steering column had come loose. Since you were in that area replacing gauges it could be the same thing.
Yup, was thinking the same thing... hence the turn signals and low beams...
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Old January 29th, 2013, 11:29 AM
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Wonder if you headlight/sidelight switch is the cause. Think they ran these with no relays so wear and failure is inevitable.
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Old January 29th, 2013, 11:32 AM
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Yup, was thinking the same thing... hence the turn signals and low beams...
Would this explain the fact that one of the high beams does not work? I guess what I am asking is is there separate connections for the driver's side high beam and passenger's side high beam?
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Old January 29th, 2013, 11:52 AM
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Yes. Doing this from memory, I think the power leaves the headlamp switch and gets looped right into the turn signal stalk. It switches the power from low to high beams, which then heads out to the lamps.
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Old January 30th, 2013, 12:57 PM
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UPDATE. After checking the switches and metering just about every conceivable wire in the truck, I found that there was a blown fuse (inline) in the engine bay that was affecting the high beams. However, the parking lights were another story. I literally spent hours trying to trace the problem. I got power to all of the fuses, but found that the fuse for the driver's side parking light was not getting power completely across the fuse holder, which in turn, kept the parking light from receiving power. A quick roughing up of the surface and reforming the glass fuse holder solved the problem.

Thanks for everyone's help
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Old January 30th, 2013, 02:05 PM
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Kudos to you!
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Old January 31st, 2013, 08:44 AM
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Hmmm... first I have heard of an inline fuse for headlights. Sounds like a Stupid Previous Owner Trick to me.
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