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Peter
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8/30/2001
07:59:43

Subject: Brake and signal lights not working
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I have a problem with my 1993 Dakota that I'm hoping someone can help me with. My signal lights and brake lights stopped working and I can't find the problem. All my fuses are fine and it's not the multi-switch. I know because I bought a new one... I traced the left rear signal wire all the way back to the column. After disconnecting the harness, I put power to the wire and the light lit at the rear. That's why I figured it might be the multi-switch. I also checked all the fuses in the fuse block under the hood. I have power at the brake light switch. Any thoughts anyone? I'd appreciate any help I can get. If I don't solve the problem soon, I guess I'll have to cave and send it to the local dealer...



Marc
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8/31/2001
00:10:52

RE: Brake and signal lights not working
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have you tried replacing the flasher unit?




Robert
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9/01/2001
12:32:19

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I troubleshoot most of my vehicles problems using the wiring diagrams in the Haynes repair manual, this is located in any auto parts store. the schematics are very good and easy to read.



dakguy
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9/01/2001
17:36:36

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sounds like your losing power somewhere from the fuseblock to the multiswitch
it doesnt seem to me that you would lose all of them at once though i think theres something messed up at the fuse block



Robert
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9/02/2001
07:24:26

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Refering to my book which is for 97-99 dakota ( i'm not sure if yours is exactly the same so use this only as a guide), Thr Battery feeds the fuse (20Amp), Then the Brake switch (should be located in brake pedal), Then the Junction block (splits to 3rd brake light and rear lights), then it feeds pin 14 of the multi function switch, the output of the switch is pin 15 for left turn and pin 12 for right turn. hope this will at least get you started. if I were to suspect anything I would look at the brake switch first before the multi function switch. Good Luck.



Peter
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9/03/2001
21:50:44

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Thanks to all that answered! Robert was on the right track, but a bad brake light switch was only half the problem. The other problem was a break in the lead from the 20 amp fuse in the fuse block under the hood that feeds my hazard lights. I didn't realize they weren't working. I guess I haven't used them in a long time. While cleaning the interior, I tripped the hazard switch, but didn't realize it. They didn't work because of the break in the lead, but because the switch was tripped, the multi-switch canceled out my signals! Once my signals stopped working, I started checking all my lights and found my brake lights didn't work either. That was because of the bad brake light switch, as Robert suggested. Weird sequence of events all coming together at once... Thanks again for everyone's input! I'll cancel my appointment at the local dealer tomorrow! But not without giving my brother some of the credit. He helped me debug the problems...



Robert
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9/04/2001
04:00:55

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Great find Peter, I'm glad we could help. Take care and drive safely.



Tom R
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11/07/2001
15:42:32

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robert it seems that i have the same problem you had. i also have a 93 dak and my brake lites don't work and the abs light is on. you said you used a wire diagram from a haynes book. i also have that book and the factory book i ordered from alldata isn't here yet .
what page or pages did you look at?
email me direct at tdroads@bellsouth.net


thanks




91Dakota4X4
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11/07/2001
16:40:14

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Allow me to tag on to this success story:

MY BACKUP LIGHTS DON'T WORK on a 91 4X4. Fuses all OK. Wonder where the backup switch contact is located on the 5 speed?



Don Loeffler
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2/18/2004
07:56:59

Head lights, tail lights , dash lights not working
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Lost head lights, tail lights, brake lights and dash lights. Also, anti-lock and parking brake indicators staying on. Emergency flashers working. 93 Dakota, V6, 5 speed manual.




Johnny
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4/30/2010
17:43:14

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On my 2001 Dakota, when I turn on the left turn signal my hazzards come on. When I step on my brakes, my right light doesnt light. I put bulb from my working left side in the right and it still didn't work. Whats up?



Ron
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5/09/2010
23:14:04

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No brake light but signals ok, fuses & bulbs ok, anybody have suggestions? 2001 dodge dakota 4x4



Frank
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5/20/2010
14:19:37

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Passengers side front signal light does not
work.There is power to them. I've checked the fuses
and all are OK. The drivers side works fine. Any
help?



kevin
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5/21/2010
10:14:58

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I got 1997 dodge dokota, 3.9L,.. i pulled the brake light fuse 5 years ago and i finally got the truck running and i forgot where the brake fuse went... i know it went under the dash somewhere just dont remember.. if someone can help me out that would be great thanks



Jeremy
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10/30/2010
23:30:52

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I got a very interesting problem and would
appreciate a fourth, fifth or sixth party
perspective. I have a 94 Dodge Dakota and the
brake lights don't work. Today I worked on it with
my father and my grandpa who are stumped after
working on it all day. I have the Haynes book, but
didn't find it incredibly helpful. So I have
written what we tried.

List of problems solved...
Bought a replacement brake switch and tested it
power is getting to the brake switch
power is getting to the two contacts in the light
socket
flashers work
dome light works
all fuses check out under the dashboard and under
the hood

So first question is a clarification on how
exactly the two filament bulb works. When the
brakes are put on does it light up both filaments
or just increase the brightness of the single dome
filament?
Second question is does anyone have any
suggestions on other problems I might look at?
A third question would be if someone knows exactly
how the brake switch works and could suggest a
work around?
Thanks a ton!



dan hicks
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2/07/2011
15:59:14

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I have a similar problem with my 97 dakota 5.2litre, initally i lost my headlights. i replaced my multi switch which solved the problem. once again the problem has occured 3 months after replacing the switch for a seccond time. i now have only high beams and no tail lights and am lost as to where to go next, any help regarding this matter would be greatly appreciated.



bryan
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3/11/2011
14:11:58

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There are 2 connectors under the chassis. One side to wiring harness and power the other side is a 2 foot harness to the bulb socket... On my truck it was corroded I cut it out and spliced the wires together it works fine now.... There is one for each tail light...



LaDarryl H
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7/11/2011
10:48:49

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Wow I'm glad to see im not the only one with this
problem, But I'm still not seeing a reason as to
why my rear turn signals and brake lights arent
working (all of a sudden)on my 1998 Dodge Dakota
V6. The front turn signals work just fine. I've
read what folks here have had to say so I've
started with the fuses. They are all good and then
I went on to the brake light switch. They are only
$15 on ebay but I went to a local salvage yard and
got a one for a couple of bucks. The one I got is
from a Dodge INTREPID and it fits perfectly. After
putting the dodge intrepid brake light switch in I
now have my THIRD BRAKE LIGHT but still no turn
or brake lights. I'm cross referencing the
INTREPID B.L. switch now to see just how different
it is from the D.Dakota one. Maybe that's my
problem. I just dont want to spend the $15 and get
the same results.



homerh
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7/18/2011
08:46:41

rear running, brake and signal lights arent workin
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I have a 1987 dodge dakota and none of my running lights,
brake lights, reverse lights or turrn signals work in the rear.
Does anybody have any idea what might cause this?
Everything in the front works fine. I do have to blink my
blinkers manually so the front ones work though. My horn
also isnt working. Also today my windshield wipers stopped
working. All of my fuses are good. And I can hear my wiper
motor working they just aren't moving. Any ideas, please let
me know.



homerh
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7/18/2011
08:47:42

rear running, brake and signal lights arent workin
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I have a 1987 dodge dakota and none of my running lights,
brake lights, reverse lights or turrn signals work in the rear.
Does anybody have any idea what might cause this?
Everything in the front works fine. I do have to blink my
blinkers manually so the front ones work though. My horn
also isnt working. Also today my windshield wipers stopped
working. All of my fuses are good. And I can hear my wiper
motor working they just aren't moving. Any ideas, please let
me know.



Brendan
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12/30/2011
20:11:21

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my driver side brake light doesnt work when my headlights are on. i looked underneath and there is a wire coming from the driver side socket connector that is cut. is there anywhere i could buy i new socket with the connector? or can i just cut the wire on the other side of the connector and wire them together?



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