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Tail lights & dash lights won't turn on

We installed a new stereo and the tail lights wouldn't go off. We thought we must have crossed a wire so took the stereo back out and the lights were fine until the next day. When we turned the lights on there was a pop and now both the tail lights & dash lights won't turn on and we can't find the correct fuse to check if it blew. Help!

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15A FUSE 10 in the battery junction box is common to both circuits but the real problem may be due to some misconnection made during installation of the radio or a poorly made connection shorting to ground.

Posted on Dec 27, 2013


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SOURCE: after installing a aftermarket stereo.

you have the car illumination wire hooked into the radio it will show as a ground when lights not on but power with lights on this is why fuse is blowing

Posted on Aug 27, 2008

SOURCE: 1986 ford mustang

It sounds like you solved this one your self . It does sound like the switch has went bad, but also look for any lose or bad wires around the tail lights and the wire harness going to them.

Posted on Feb 23, 2009

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SOURCE: Non-working tail lights

Tail light bulbs used are double element one is tail one is turn check your bulbs and, make sure the lamps for your turnsignal have two pins and, are a different number than your other lamps

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SOURCE: 1996 Ford Windstar tail lights and dash lights stopped working

When you turn on the headlight switch ,be it park lights or headlights, it sends power to the multi switch on the steering column. Check that out too.Mine was just dirty contacts, everything works now.

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SOURCE: where to start looking for a short in a 1992 ford

connector under the truck, near the trans
cannot remember specifics at this time but remember starting there every time one cam into the dealer with tail light issues and blown fuses

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