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Dash lights, shifter light, radio light and headlights don't work

My dash lights, shifter light, radio light and headlights don't work. Thinking it could be a fuse. Not sure yet though. Have not looked into it. Which fuse would be common for these lights? Or do you have any other recommendations?

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  • mr_husker Jul 25, 2009

    Got to check out this girls car today. When I went out to look at it, I noticed that the front bumper cover was missing. The 2 marker light plugs from the cover were hanging down. The one on the drivers side was actually hanging down so far that it was rubbing on the tire when she drove. It rubbed the insulation off the wires and wound them together so it was creating a short. The fuse blew every time she turned her lights on. Go figure. She doesn't have the money to get the cover installed again so I moved the wires up out of the way and separated the bare ones with electrical tape. Put a new fuse in and wouldn't you know it, they worked. Thanks for the help. Another problem solved. Some kids these days?

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Yes check fuses

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