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The directional's do not work as well as the break lights. Changed bulbs in rear for brake lights. solution did not help. checked the switch at the break peddle. THEN the directional light stopped woring and this includes the dash directionals. Thx

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Occassionally, but not always I have no power to all the dashboard when switching the car on. Next time I start up they are back, any ideas where to look?

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