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No head lights!

1989 gmc safari all of my lights work except headlights, checked fuses switches and most of the wiring. so what am i missing????

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Check the headlight switch itself. I had one go bad and the interior lights would work etc, but not the headlights. The headlight switch has several contacts inside it and it sounds like one set is bad. You should be able to test it with a meter once you have it out. Fairly easy to remove and test with any ohm meter.

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If this works out for you, please take a sec and rate my solution.

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