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#1 True2Blue

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Posted 05 April 2008 - 10:55 PM

for some reason when i turn the head lights on my 'first click' doesnt turn the dash lights or tail lights on:confused: the fuses are good... is there a relay? my defrost light word as well as the 4 hi and lo lights my high beams lights so my cluster is good. im lost at the moment, also my 'charge' light came on with my 'break fluid' light and 'stop lamp' light...

#2 Durania

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Posted 05 April 2008 - 10:57 PM

Alternator.

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Posted 05 April 2008 - 11:02 PM

thats my problem? maybe for the charge light. but ever since i bought the car the dash amd tail light havent worked

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Posted 05 April 2008 - 11:05 PM

I have had a lot of goofy issues that were caused by bad alternators. Replace it and go from there.

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Posted 05 April 2008 - 11:08 PM

The alternator definitely is putting out AC - replace it.

You may also have blown fuses from the sounds of it.

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Posted 05 April 2008 - 11:08 PM

yea ill do that. untill then does anyone know if there are anyother fuses or relays that would cut out my dash light and tail/corner lights?

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Posted 05 April 2008 - 11:10 PM

yea ill do that. untill then does anyone know if there are anyother fuses or relays that would cut out my dash light and tail/corner lights?


Poor voltage from the alternator regulator will kill fuses - you want to fix the alternator first or you'll probably just keep blowing them, and bulbs - maybe smoke a few more components.

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Posted 05 April 2008 - 11:11 PM

:confused: the alt. will cut off just those two? cause everything else works fine. i might have got it wet also

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Posted 05 April 2008 - 11:51 PM

Don't beat around the bush with alternators. Its an easy fix, don't drive around with the alternator about to go out, you'll be paying for a tow ride home.

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Posted 06 April 2008 - 12:06 AM

There is a relay in the circuit for the running lights. Power for them is supplied by the left side headlamp relay. If the left side headlight is out then you will need to find the relay and replace it. Fuse #6 supplies power to the running lights.

The warning lights coming on is caused by the bad alternator, as the others have correctly stated. Replace the alternator ASAP.

Edit: I stated right side earlier. It is the left side relay.

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Posted 06 April 2008 - 12:12 AM

THANK YOU!:banana:

now to find the relay:rolleyes:

ill pull the alt. tomarrow

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Posted 06 April 2008 - 12:31 AM

Is the left headlight out? If the headlight works then the relay isn't the problem. There should be four relays near the right side of the steering column. Two of them are for the headlights.

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Posted 06 April 2008 - 12:33 AM

nope everything works great. just my running/tail lights

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Posted 06 April 2008 - 12:35 AM

Check to see if fuse 6 is getting power. If fuse 6 has voltage getting to it then you will need to see if there is voltage getting to the light switch on the red/blue wire.

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Posted 06 April 2008 - 10:23 PM

still stumped. if the switch was bad would the headlights turn on?

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Posted 06 April 2008 - 10:35 PM

still stumped. if the switch was bad would the headlights turn on?


Have you replaced the alt yet? You are going to chase your tail till you do.

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Posted 06 April 2008 - 10:42 PM

Have you replaced the alt yet? You are going to chase your tail till you do.

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He's 100% right.

You will be surprised at all the things that can be solved by getting a new alternator.

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Posted 06 April 2008 - 10:54 PM

its pouring rain and im not at the shop ill wait a little bit before testing it again:rolleyes:

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Posted 06 April 2008 - 11:25 PM

The alternator is bad but unfortunately a new alternator isn't going to fix those lights. In my last post I wanted you to see if fuse #6 had power getting to it. This is an important check since it is after the relay and before the switch. If you have power there then you need to check the red/blue wire on the switch for power.

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 02:55 AM

I just had the same thing happen to me! I re wired everything till I noticed the melted cluster attached to my radiator! :banghead: Took me two weeks to find and fix as it would only short out on the rainy days! After a little careful prying and a good dab of rtv !:burnout: Glad I don't have to drive the freeway with my hazards on anymore! PS don't let uhaul re wire your lights!




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