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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-13-2011, 03:23 AM Thread Starter
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Going Elk hunting in the mountains Friday, today I will be going up to help set up camp. Won't get back down the mts. till dark. I hooked up my truck to a trailer and a few minutes later, my lights went out. I then later found out it blew the 15amp Park LmP fuse. I replaced it. This evening about 6 days later after that incident, it blew the same fuse again.

I do not have any idea whats going on? I mean I was not hooked up to the trailer when this fuse blew again. Any ideas? My brake controller does not light up when I put my foot on the brake either.

I do not want to have to have my cab light on the whole time or keep replacing fuses to go to and fro. NEED HELP!


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On a majority of vehicles the dash lights are on the same circuit as the tail/parking lights, so if the dash lights aren't working you probably don't have tail lights or front parking lights either. Try removing all four bulbs and inspect them closely for internal shorts. While you are at it look at the wiring for the sockets.

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I replaced the drivers side tail light housing before I hooked up the trailer and put new bulbs in the back up light sockets. But, I will check the wiring and bulbs.

I was also considering replacing the 7-way plug as well while I'm at it, just to eliminate the possibility. The plug is smashed up anyways.

I will post back ASAP with my progress.

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my 02 did the same thing and it ended up being the dimer switch... apparently if you play with it to much it gets hot and will melt the plastic on the wiring... and then it shorts. lol so look up under your dash...

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