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1997 Ford Explorer XLT: Both low beam headlights stopped working simultaneously. High beams work and fuses checked OK. I suspect the switch in the turn signal arm since it is common to both. Is this switch the actual point of control or does it control a relay elsewhere? Any suggestions welcome and thanks

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Have you checked both low beam bulbs? I have seen both burn out close together.Does this have tilt steering wheel? If it does,remove the plastic steering column cover.Check the wiring to the dimmer/turn switch.The connector ends would pull out of the hard shell connector,when using the tilt feature.The wire harness was mounted too tight,and didn't allow for the angle in tilt.

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