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When i step on my brake pedal, sometimes my dash lights & parking lights come on. but not all the time.

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Look for filiment issues in the taillights. perhaps just install new ones. Also check for grounds that are weak there. Either case can have current come back through the running light circuit and fire off the dash lights and other running lights.

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