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1996 Dodge Dakota No Headlights or Tailights

Has set over winter. Replaced battery cable, three times, hoping this was a cause.

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Headlights are direct wired through switch.Check under dash to see if you had rodents inside tha may have chewed wiring.Make sure all power wires are reconnected back at battery.Check all fuses thoroughly.hope this helps

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