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Running down battery. unhooked battery negative and installed a test light to check off draw. test light stays lit brightly and lights in cluster flash constantly.all doors closed,interior lights off and key out of ignition.its a 2005 model 2 door.any suggestions

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    lights and radio stay on when door is opened with key out of ignition truck has a new battery even unhooked wiring harness for igniton but lights in instrument cluster stayed on headlights went out until ignition wires hooked back up



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