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Tail lights, instrument panel lights, and license plate lights not working. Fuse blows immediately when changed.

I noticed my instrument panel lights were out first and then got found out my tail lights and license plate lights are not working either. Brake lights and daytime running lights work fine. I replaced the fuse and it blew immediately when I turned on the headlights. I replaced both tail lights and the fuse, which blew again. Then I replaced the plate lights and the fuse, which blew again. One of the rear blinker lights was corroded, but working, so I replaced that and the fuse again. No luck. Any advice on what to do next???

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That line on that fuse is shorted, the fuse saved the fire.
we use an ampclamp DC ammeter to find the wire that is shorted
and the actual point of short.

the park-tail circuit (tail fuse, right) is the most complex of all.
20 lamps inside car, and many out side, it is the hardest to find of all shorts. but not with the tool
first check for damage behind all park lamps
i bet the fuse blows in park (1st click) not head lights. right?
side lamps the 4 front rear park lamps, some call it tail its not really tail now, was in 1920 ,not now. park is everywhere.
but the fuses can be marked tails, for fun .
imagine, calling the 2 front lamps tails. and are on .(my on going joke)
sidelamps,
the inside lamps are many too.
all dimmable lamps. so turn the dimmer down to zero and see if fuse blows now, NO?, bingo.

the best way to fix this is , visual inspections for collision damage or wire hacks in the cab.
then the fuse is pulled and circuit breaker inserted 15amp
(they sell em)
then we connent the ammeter to the wire (output of fues)
i push the switch and amps goes to infinity and the CB trips
if follow the cables, and find what line is shorted.

i missed one problem
on the rear or front 4 corners of the car may be twist lock blubs.
like 1157 or? these love to short. push in lamps never short.well not the lamp actual.
in not sure what lamps the 06 uses, but replace the brass based lamps. (in park tail ckt)


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SOURCE: no brake lights, fuses keep blowing and wont shift out of park

I would look for a wiring short in the trunk at the taillamp area, or, inspect the sockets for the taillamp bulbs for corrosion. In any case, you have a short circuit in the trunk area, also check the wire that comes from the body & goes up the trunk hinge on the driver side; that wire may be chafed, and it may be shorting out. Hope this helps; please get back to me if you need any further assistance.

Posted on Nov 04, 2008

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SOURCE: Dashboard Lights

there is light bulbs behind the instument cluster. You will have to remove the screws, than pry off your panel and change the bulb.

Posted on Mar 31, 2009

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SOURCE: Tail lights not working . Checked the fuse, and

you could have a faulty switch. or broken wiring back along the car!

Posted on Sep 06, 2009

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SOURCE: tail lights are out yet license plate lights brake

you do have a tail lamp relay,

Posted on Feb 05, 2010

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SOURCE: tail lights and license plate

Likely there is a short circuit in the bulb socket of one of the bulbs that does not turn on

Posted on Apr 15, 2011

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