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I have a 1998 dodge ram 4x4 5.9 liter i have no brake lights or turn signals i changed the fuse it blows it as soon as i press the brake

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There is a short somwhere in the harness for the lights and it wont effect untill you put postive power trough them by activating the brake light switch from pressing the pedal. check wires for melting overheating or shorts to ground or touching by the switch tailights and possibly a bad bulb socket or tail light housing.

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You have a dead short somewhere in the brake wire on the cold side of the brake switch. if you look under the dash at the connector for the brake switch its the white wire with a tan/brown trace. there is a short to ground somewhere on that wire.

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A problem I'm Intimate with.Do you have a pigtail for a trailer?If so,I think that you will find the problem somewhere within this circuit.You have a wire chaffed to the frame somewhere,and I'll bet its in the last 2 feet of your truck.Good luck.
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