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Old 05-09-2013, 07:53 PM
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Default Re: No taillights, bad headlight switch?

Finally finished up with school this week so I started taking apart the dash to try and find any suspicious wires out of wack. Nothing out of the ordinary so I decided to check my fuses again and fuse #13 on a 94 which is the turn lamps, B/U lamps, turn indicator, and daytime running lamps was blown. How I missed this the first time I checked the fuses I am not sure. Replaced it with good 15amp fuse and everything works as it should again! I'm so happy
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Old 12-06-2015, 10:24 AM
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Default Re: No taillights, bad headlight switch?

Had this exact same problem (until yesterday). Looking around the Ford forums, I found the most likely causes (after fuses) were (1) a bad connection at the tail lights connector (driver's side, just behind the spare tire), (2) a bad light switch, (3) bad ground (also a tails lights connector problem), and (4) both bulbs going bad at the same time. After checking the fuses for the third time, I decided to start with the tail lights connector. Crawled under the bed and immediately noticed a mass of electrical tape on the harness just forward of the connector. Unwrapped the tape and found that a poorly-spliced wire had corroded and broken. Stripped the ends of the wire, soldered it together, covered the splice with heat-shrinkable tubing, and the tail lights work fine.

Moral: Don't presume that this problem is the result of routine wear and tear. It could be a poorly-executed repair done by a previous owner. In my case, it appears that the damage occurred when a previous owner tried to splice in a plug for trailer lights. Unfortunately, hardware stores don't do backgrounds checks when they sell wire cutters.
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