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I have a 1996 ford explorer, the person who had it before had someone install an aftermarket cd player in it and now the door speakers nor the rear speakers work anymore, also the dash lights no longer come on when I turn the headlights on. Any ideas?

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Look for inst. lites fuse and clean the connectors at the fuse panel. The stereo speakers might have come loose from a poor wiring job. Look under the dash below the radio. Sometimes the dash light switch gets worn and doesn't work until you mess with it a little.

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