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Dash and Clearance Lights Out

I noticed that after the truck came back from the shop, the clearance lights on the roof as well as the dash panel lights, and tail lights aren't working. The clock was also reset, so I assume at some point the battery came out and my problem is electrical as in wiring or a switch as opposed to a burned out bulb, etc. It happened once before with the dash lights but then worked again later that day.

Any suggestion where to start looking?

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A fuse or the light switch

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Thanks as always Bugman. The fuse was good so tomorrow I'll tackle the light switch

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There are several fuses; before & after the main light switch. Study the wiring diagrams, and try to find where all the failed circuits come together.
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I changed out the headlight switch and still no dice. I looked at the fuse box again, and they were all good.... until I realized there's a fuse box in the engine compartment... blown fuse replaced and problem solved. I may have replaced the switch unnecessarily, but I figure it's likely 24 years old and it doesn't hurt to throw in a new one, and besides that, I learned something! Thanks again for the help, as always.

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I hope you kept the original - new replacement parts RARELY last as long as originals.

And the blown fuse isn't the problem - it's just a symptom. If you don't fix what caused the fuse to blow, it'll just blow again (eventually, or quickly).


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Did the light switch come out in one piece?

The last one that I did came out in about 100 pieces. It was baked so bad that just touching it made it disintegrate in my hand.

Glad you got it taken care of.

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Did the light switch come out in one piece?

The last one that I did came out in about 100 pieces. It was baked so bad that just touching it made it disintegrate in my hand.

Glad you got it taken care of.
I guess there's a short somewhere. I'd noticed that the dash lights would illuminate half or a third of the instruments over the past year, but only sporadically and very occasionally. Yes, I did keep the switch. I have a few parts now in my collection

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