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When key is turned to ACC the speedometer/odometer come on but no headlight/taillight then when turned to ON everything goes out

All fuses are good,battery fully charged.Before charging the battery i tried jump starting with a battery charger and that is when this problem started

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Check your relays not fuses. There's a resistance test, I think you measure the ohms between 87a and 30 pins, should be 80-120. Otherwise it is a short somewhere else. Did you smell burning plastic during the jump start?

Posted on Mar 30, 2014

Testimonial: "with the ohm meter set on 200 I got a result of .3 testing between 87a and 30 on the relay??"

  • Travis Chapin Mar 31, 2014

    with ohm meter set on 200 I got a reading of.3 when testing between pins 87a and 30 on the relay?? correct testing procedure? replace?

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