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Old 03-17-2010, 08:03 PM
B Savage B Savage is offline
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Vehicle: 2001 Ram 1500 5.9L 2wd
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Engine: 1998-2001 360ci (5.9L) Magnum V8 245hp(standard), 250hp(Sport package)
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Default instrument cluster and tail lights not working 2001 laramie 1500

I just bought a 2001 1500 yesterday.

It has a like new interior, and runs and drives great.

I get home last night and its just getting dark so i turn the lights on.

My instrument cluster remains dark, and my wife tells me that the tail lights dont work.

Brake lights function fine, as well as hazards and turn signals.

Ive read on here where some suggest that the problem is probably the head light switch.

I took the dash off on my lunch break today and checked out the head light switch. It doesnt smell of burnt wiring, and looks to be in good shape.

Whats the next step in diagnosing this? I dont want to have to deal with the dealership tommorrow, even though they told me to bring it in and they would "see what was going on" I find myself skeptical that they will fix anything now that its gone and i signed a "no warranty expressed or implied" document.

So, whats next?

Im pretty familiar with diagnosing vehicles issues, and am familiar with how to use a DMM, test light, continuity tester, etc, so please put it to me however it works best.

Also, fuses and bulbs are all good. I havent done a continuity test on the wiring, and probably wont have time to tonight as i work until 10pm or so

Thanks in Advance,
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