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First check to make sure you do not have the dash light dimmer control turned all the way down.
If that is not the problem, check to see if you have any tail lights. If the tail lights are also not working, check the tail light fuse. If you find that the fuse is blown, you need to find out WHY. Something has overloaded the circuit and caused it to blow. Replacing the fuse without correcting the circuit fault that caused it to blow will only result in another fuse blowing.
If you do not have the dimmer control turned down and the tail lights are working, then you probably have a bad headlamp switch (the dimmer control is built-in to the headlamp switch and can only be fixed by replacing the whole unit.)
in the rear lights you may have two bulbs one is the turn signal the other one is stop light / tail light the stop light / tail light has two filaments, one for the stop light (21 watt) & one for the tail light (5 watt) it is possible that the tail light filament is blown, try replacing the bulb to see if that fixes the problem,also check all the fuses as well.......hope this helps......cheers.
My 97 Rodeo had the same problem. No Tail lights, no. Dash lights. There is also an annoying buzzer that goes with the set telling you the lights are on, there is no key in the ignition and your door is open. (you don't notice it when it's gone but you sure notice it when it's back) The Fuse (taillight Illum) was good, The Light relay under the hood was good and all bulbs were good. What fixed this problem was replacing the tail light relay which is located in a panel just to the left of the brake pedal also called the kick panel.Inside there are 3 relays. I replaced the one in the middle and got everything to work. If you need to identify the relay you can put your hand over it and then turn the lights on and off. The correct relay should click. Mine was the middle one. Hope this helps someone because it stumped me for months.
Check the fuse box and look for a blown fuse. If the fuse keeps blowing, then there might be a bad wire somewhere or the brake light sockets may be corroded. That can cause problems an cause fuses to pop. Hopefully, it's just a blown fuse and and not too bad of a problem.
disconnect head lights, and replace fuse. Then turn the light back on to see if it blow a fuse again. if not, plug on light in at a time. You might have a bad headlight???? then unplug that one if nothing happens. Then plug the other one in. It could also be a bad taillight bulb. I have had bad tail light bulbs. Do all of them, one at a time.