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Re: radio shuts off when I turn the lights off
Does it actually turn off... or do the lites just go off... is that an aftermarket radio... it sounds like they have used the power wire that puts power to the display onto the power wire for running the radio.
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DUDE!!! Installing a new ground Worked for these symptoms ive been having for MONTHS! Dim headlights, pressing brake would shut off radio, turn signal slow and non blinking, also would shut down radio, dash lights dim and gauges FREAKING OUT!!! Process CHEAP AND EASY!
my van does that when the headlights are on to remind you to turn them off,,, reason for that is there is a bell that sounds when the headlights are on , but if you have the radio on loud you wouldn't hear it , so they make the radio stay on so you notice that lights are still on. might be different for your van but that's how mine is ty
Try replacing the headlight switch. Most of your probs should be resolved. The switch being bad will cause a short in the dash and cause alot of weird things. But that switch does control all of which you are describing including the radio, when you turn your headlights on it dims your radio !
Next to the headlight switch is a dimmer dial for the interior dash lights... if you turn it all the way up, the interior lights remain on... there is a "detent" on the dimmer. turn the interior dash lights all the way full on ...you'll feel the detent, then turn it down back past the detent a little bit...that should cancel the interior courtesy lights... wait a bit because the interior lights are sometimes on delay timers.... good luck let me know what happens.
number one when you turn the ignition switch on make sure that the headlights are off the short is in the switch the rehostat in the switch which controls the interior lights are damaged and so the panel gets terribly hot.
I just had the same issues. No headlights, interior lights, power door locks, radio controls on steering wheel, or dash lights. Pulled every fuse in cab and under hood, not a one was bad. I disconnected the battery terminals for a few minutes. When I reconnected them every thing was working.