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Old 03-17-2010, 07:03 PM
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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,
Brent
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What did you find out about this? I am having the same problem.
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There is a fuse in the under hood fuse box for the tail lights.. if the fuse blows you loose dash lights as well to let you know you have a problem.
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Did anyone find a solution for this problem?
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There is a fuse in the under hood fuse box for the tail lights.. if the fuse blows you loose dash lights as well to let you know you have a problem.

I did, and posted it...
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I have been through all the fuses and bulbs. Searched for bad wires, tested instrument cluster and i have found nothing. I am going to just have to deal with the cold and a test light and pray i find the problem.
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I have been through all the fuses and bulbs. Searched for bad wires, tested instrument cluster and i have found nothing. I am going to just have to deal with the cold and a test light and pray i find the problem.
What year ram are you working on? As that does make a difference when I try to look at the diagrams for you.
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I am a total bone head. I finally decided to start from scratch and look over the fuses and wires under the truck. It ended up being a fuse all along. I think i just told myself i checked it already.
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i figured it was a fuse.. lol.. glad you got it fixed
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Default Same problem

I too have the exact same problem
1998 1500

I have checked and double checked the fuses - both under the hood and at the side of the dash
All are good

Just for good measure - I temporarily removed the factory inline connectors for the trailer hitch connection
Sort of a dongle thing that goes in between each tail light wiring connector
Some people with same problem have reported a bad trailer light connection was the culprit
Nope
No joy

Hmm.
So now where?

and by the way
Just to add another layer
My fog lights are not working - either side
Nor is the factory switch / push button glowing green when you depress for fog lights
And no - the high beams are not on which would defeat the fog lights

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