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I put new bulbs in, the brights work, but the regular lights don't. The turn signals turn on but don't ...

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Old 09-14-2016, 12:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I put new bulbs in, the brights work, but the regular lights don't. The turn signals turn on but don't flash. I'm relatively new to working on vehicles, so I'm at a loss. The guy at the parts store was useless.

It's a '96 ram 1500

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Old 09-14-2016, 05:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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For the turn signals, its probably just the flasher. Are the bulbs LED? That will cause this problem if the flasher hasn't been changed for a proper LED flasher. That is such a cheap part, i'd throw a new flasher at it just to try and avoid doing any real diagnostics work on it.

The headlights, are a bit more problematic. Do you have the sport model? What happens when you turn the headlight switch to the on position and hold the multifunction switch in the flash position?
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Old 09-16-2016, 10:26 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I had the same problem for quite a while. Turns out the purple hot wire for the low beams had popped out of it's socket in the multi-function switch connector. Snapped it back in and problem solved.

It seems to be a fairly common problem if the steering wheel is tilted up/down a lot. When I fixed the problem, I set the steering wheel where I wanted it and then unscrewed the adjusting lever. Now anyone who borrows my truck either deals with the position that it's in or tough ****, LOL.
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