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I have parking lights but no headlights i have replaced the bulbs and the fuses r good the headlight switch is getting power but i still have no headlights?

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I have a 96' Explorer same problem . new headlight switch took care of it, was going bad. Dealer and most auto parts stores $55.00 or more, 32.50 at advance auto parts. Bone yard $35 bucks i remove. Hpe this helps. gl

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