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1995 dodge dakota taillights and stop lights do not work

Taillights and stop lights and all parking lights do not work on my 1995 dodge dakota. All turn signals and flashers work and backup lights work as well as headlights. I have replaced bulbs, headlight switch and stop switch. Can the multifunction switch on the steering column cause this?

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  • david_norby Mar 05, 2009

    I have checked all fuses in the fuse block and the distibution block

  • david_norby Mar 05, 2009

    I have checked all fuses in the fuse block and distribution block.

  • david_norby Mar 05, 2009

    I also see that my license plate lights do not work.

  • david_norby Mar 05, 2009

    No dampness anywhere and continuity test of the rear lighting harness is good from end to end.

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Your multifunction switch controls the following:

Cruise, wiper-delay, hi-beam, turn signal.

If you only have problem on tail lights, stop lights and plate light it is rather unlikely that is the multifunction switch.

wirings to tail lights, stop lights and plate lights are all on the same wiring harness starting from the steering column to your car tail. The wiring harness to your back light is likely to be the problem.

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Wiring connections faulty or wiring grounded somewhere can cause this.check everthing properly again.thanks.

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Check out the switch at the streeing coloum and it may be wirings getting short in between causing it to malfunction.

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get the step by step instructions with diagrams and details of what to check out and look for,

How to Repair a car tail/breaks light
http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-repair/brake-light-wiring.htm/printable

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Sounds like dampness is getting in somewhere around the dash board and is causing a short.when it heats up it dries out

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Sounds like you have a groud somewhere . Check all associated wires for bare spots and/or wires rubbing. Also check fuses. The switch on the steering column wouldn't cause said problem.

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    You must have a short, grouding out, blown fuse, and/or no power getting through the system

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Hi

Have you checked the fuse in the fuse box?

Posted on Mar 05, 2009

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    Rylee Smith Mar 05, 2009

    If you have checked all of the fuses our next step is to do some testing with a test light to see if the headlamp switch is even sending power back there, and then to find the problem if it is in the wiring. If you can get a hold of a test light we can get this figure out. Start by removing the head lamp switch. Check for power on the black/yellow wire with the park lamps on. If you don't have power, check the pink/red wire. If it’s ok and there is no power on the black/yellow, replace the headlamp switch. If you do have powers coming out let me know and we will have to find a break in the wire. If you don't have power on the pink/red wires double check the fuse 14 in the box inside the dash.



    Please revert for any clarifications.



    Thanks

    Rylee

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    Rylee Smith Mar 05, 2009

    Are you using automatic startup kit? If yes then look for the black/yellow wire from the headlamp switch you tested, you should find that it is tapped into by the remote start. Make sure you don't have a connection that is pulled apart. Also make sure you have power down there on that wire with the park lamps on.

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