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Old 09-09-2008, 01:32 AM
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Someone who knows wiring, help!

When my head lights are off, Everything works except the rear turn signals light up dim instead of bright.

When my head lights are on, my brake lights do not work, and using the turn signal makes both tail lights blink dim at the same time. Four way switch works properly (bright).

Is my headlight switch screwed? Or am I looking for a wiring problem somewhere between that and the rear end? I honestly have no idea.
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Old 09-09-2008, 06:38 AM
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Sounds like a bad ground for the tail lights.
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Old 09-09-2008, 07:31 AM
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i know with my 75 the wireing sucks, the head light switch and the plug melt.
im plaing to run some relays insted of running all the power through the switch
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Old 09-09-2008, 07:34 AM
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ive had wierd lighting issues inmy chevy also.. turned out it the switch melted..
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Old 09-09-2008, 07:48 AM
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Ive had a couple of old Dodges with light problems.
Both times it was in the switch.
Melted one time and the other was loose wires.
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Old 09-09-2008, 08:30 AM
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Ha, Dodge never seemed to figure out how to properly wire a truck. Everyone i have seem has had some form of wiring issues. I was looking for a decent (non-melted) wiring harness at a couple of different wreckers and was unable to find one. I ended up just taking pieces from several different trucks and making my own.

As for your lighting issues, check the switch also the wires that run to the headlights. Depending on how they are routed, the insulation might have worn thru causing a premature ground.
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Old 09-09-2008, 09:10 AM
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do the headlight switch and make all new grounds for each light...i did that on my old dodge and never had a light problem again..i cut al the grounds off and regrounded them to the body
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Old 09-09-2008, 10:21 AM
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Sounds like a ground issue to me.

Try disconnecting a few things and see what happens.

I'll bet there is a socket that is grounded or a dual filimant light that is in the wrong socket.

Or what Heavy said, a melted switch.

Dodges are notorious for wiring problems, is the Hi/Lo swith on the floor ?
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Old 09-09-2008, 11:39 AM
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yeah, Foot switch for the high-beams.

Thanks for the input. Seeing how this afternoon goes at work maybe I'll tear the dash apart.
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Old 09-09-2008, 11:42 AM
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Best thing to do when doing electrical work is to start at one end and work your way through the circuit step by step. Otherwise you will just be beating your head against the wall.
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Old 09-09-2008, 02:37 PM
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alright.

Unfortunately the lights just got bumped to the bottom of my list, I think the timing chain skipped so its running like a bag of crap.
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Old 09-21-2008, 05:12 PM
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Timing wasn't the issue: I believed it was because it was running like garbage and knocking under accelerating. After screwing with the timing and the carburetor for a week and nothing helping, I reset everything to where it was and filled it up with a different brand of fuel, and now its running fine.

Esso fuel = Garbage.

I'll be digging into the wiring tomorrow.
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Old 09-22-2008, 04:16 PM
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Headlight switch plug is melted, the brown wire is showing visible damage. Groovy.
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Old 09-22-2008, 05:46 PM
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not a hard fix anyway. If you're close, I can lend a hand
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Grande Cache alberta .
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