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Lights on my 1996 ford f-150

When I start the truck my lights come on very dim with the switch off,if I turn the light switch on it kill the engine.

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Does the starter turn the engine over normal speed or very slowly.by head light being dim starter could be bad or weak battery

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  • John Madden Dec 01, 2012

    the starte

  • John Madden Dec 01, 2012

    the starter is good and when i turn the lights on they are ok but the engine dies

  • Jonah Oneal Dec 01, 2012

    WHEN TURN ON LIGHTS LOSE POWER YOU HAVE A ELECTRICAL SHORT BAD GROUND.LET ME THINK IT OVER MORE GET BACK TO YOU.

  • John Madden Dec 01, 2012

    i also started the truck and had it running at 1000rpms when i put the parking lites on it goes up and down from 1000 to 500 up and down and if i pull the switch all the way for the head lights it kills the engine

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Something is poorly wired. if someone did work on it before this problem started, have it looked at by them and see if they screwed it up. if this came up on its own, get it checked out by a ford dealer as they will have the proper wiring diagrams to fix your problem.

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