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No dashboard lights and the fog lights are not working is this possibly just a fuse or could it be something else. I am downloading the owners manual as I ask this question.

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  • katherinebou Aug 20, 2010

    No the parking lights are not out BUT when I went out to try it I learned not to send my son and husband to do a women's job LOL because when you asked me about the parking lights I went out and messed with the light switches and TADA they work..... So than you very much for getting me to go out and check 8) I assure you I will be back with many more questions 8)

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Are the parking lights out as well?

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    Jonathan S Aug 20, 2010

    I have have to say LOL on that.The reason I asked was because a dimmer switch malfunction will cause all that.

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