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I have a 91 F350 7.3L and i took my steering wheel off to find a problem in my ignition system. Once i put the steering wheel back on my directionals dont work and my dash lights only work untill my truck is started. What is the problem and how do i fix it?

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Check the fuses and relays. you may have shorted something out or possibly dislodged some wiring in the column. Check that then post back what you find. Im here to help!

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