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Both headlights don't work....

Checked the fuses.....changed the dimmer switch on steering column, still doesn't work.... when pull switch on for headlights.....only parking and tail lights work.....do I change this switch?

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First check the ground wire for the head lights and the hots and are they the right bulbs some are made to do brights and dims and some are just for one or the other check these things first before spending alot of money on parts you may not need hope this helped.

Posted on Sep 05, 2009

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Check for corroded ground leads for head lights first before you spend any more money, most time this is the cause.

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