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Hello A aftermarket radio we installed and now the Dash lights don't and withe the Tail/Running Lights they keep blowing 10 amp fuses

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Well your installation is the problem. ck all wires and verify thay are connected to the proper wires. if all wires are properly hooked up, cut the wire from the light switch. if that fixes it, then the radio is bad.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009

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