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10/19/2005
08:32:33

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my 99 dak head lights go out when I switch from high beam to low beam. If I jiggle the handle they come on. Seems like a contact in the steering column. No lights is rough when you're doing 60 on a country road.
how tough is it to clean the contact or do I have to replace the switch and how hard is that.



cuzindoug
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10/19/2005
10:53:27

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It is a sealed switch, the replacement part is about $20 though.

If it ain't broke, fix it til it is.

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10/22/2005
14:20:10

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I have the same exact problem. Just a switch in my steering column?



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10/08/2006
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I have a 97 dak same prblem kind-of my head lights go out without switching from high to low or vice versa, come back on when i switch. was the switch hard to change?



gaey hicks
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10/10/2006
14:49:50

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replaced the multifunction switch and still have the same problem .... any suggestions? the headlights still go out and come on intermitently



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10/10/2006
21:58:28

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Do you have the pull out switch that turns on the headlights. If so, that is the problem.
Replace it. Under $60 at the dealer.
Check the wiring to the switch!
I just installed my third one.

zzark



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10/10/2006
21:58:56

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you might wanna check into the relay that cuts out the fog lights when switching to high beams and then back... i think its seperate from the head light switch itself or in the same location as the switch.... but on that relay or near the switch wires could be melted or touching and shorting out to cause that problem.... i once had problem with a 99 dodge ram that was a tow truck that i drove for a company and it kept melting the wiring harness for the head light switch and the lights would work or not work but fogs always turned on...


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Cody T.
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1/05/2011
16:55:03

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I have the same issue. I did change out the on/off
pull switch (fog lights weren't working), but that
didn't do it for the high/low issue. I have seen
on other boards that the low beam wire from the
high/low switch in the steering column is to
short, and can get unattached from the wire
harness in the column. Everything seems to be fine
with mine though. The only thing that will get the
low beams back on is to switch from high to low
repeatedly until they work. That seems to point
directly to the high/low switch on the steering
column.



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1/09/2011
16:30:58

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I just fixed mine and it was a short in the harness that the switch plugs into.Green wire burnt where it goes in to the switch harness.



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3/10/2011
02:08:52

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I've got a 94 Dakota that had a headlight "issue" similar to yours. In addition to my headlights going out, my tach, horn and running lights, including brake lights, would not work. This was intermittent. I found the firewall connector contact for the headlight switch to be severely corroded. It is on the bottom of the connector. You can take out the 8 mm screw and disconnect it pretty easy. It should be obvious once you see it. To fix mine, as I couldn't find a better one in the junk yard, I spliced a 10 ga wire, and bypassed the connector, going through a grommet on the firewall just above and outboard of the firewall connector. It was cheap and is still working. Hope this helps, and good luck!



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1/10/2012
16:12:03

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my 1996 Dodge Dakota melted at the headlight switch harness. I had to break apart the plug and just plug the wires directly into the switch. My GREEN (to headlight)wire gets very hot. I have replaced it 3 times now. This time, only my headlights work. Running lights, dash lights do not work. Tried two new switches. still nothing.



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1/10/2012
17:33:25

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OK, now go buy other switch and try again!



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1/11/2012
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Karl sounds like you have a short.



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3/09/2012
01:40:55

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I have a 97 Dakota v-6 and the headlights cut out while
driving. Any ideas?



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3/09/2012
16:45:03

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Found out what was wrong. Headlight lens is broken and
shirted the wires. And please somebody answer next time
who makes since. A bongo don't do Nothin but get you
pulled over.



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3/09/2012
17:37:53

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Agreed.



Ernest W
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1/18/2013
14:38:10

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1994 Dakota, 3.9L, V6, manual trans. When I turn on
the headlights switch I only get parking lights. I
can hold my high beam flash-to-pass switch but if I
just turn on the high beams I get nothing. I have no
power coming from the switch to the headlights but
my Haynes manual doesn't have a wiring diagram for
my truck so I can't isolate the fault location
without it taking all day.



jeff j
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3/25/2015
04:58:30

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my problem is the same as ernest W

but it has gone past the point wehere the flash to
pass switch will work. im not sure where to look
for the problem. should i start with the switch or
the steering column?



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