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Different lights are coming on in dodge 1/2 ton locks not working etc etc. checked all fuses all good husband thinks it is the computor gone bad how to check the computor if bad

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Run scanner for trouble codes, you can buy an inexpensive one at auto parts store, check for disconnected switches at door

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