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97 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4: headlights and tail lights won't come on together at same time

When headlight switch is pulled all the way out, headlights ( Hi and lowl beams work) but no tail lights. Pushing in switch slowly, seems to be a sweet spot where the tail lights, dash lights and running lights come on and the headlights go off. Replaced the switch believing that was the problem, no change. All interior and exterior lights work, just not together with switch pulled all the way out as normal. Flashers, brake, and signal lights all worK. Any other ideas?

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  • Charles Osborn Jun 09, 2017

    You can test switch with an OHM meter there is one power wire coming in and switch puts power out to lights off/running/head lights. find power with test light connected to ground. Always one lead to power spade and test all others in running and head positions. brand new switch doesn't mean its gonna work.



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