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#409 of 509 wiper switch turns off headlights
Feb 06, 2010 (3:37 pm)
I have a 2003 Dodge Dakota. For some time I have experienced a problem when the headlights are on and I turn the wiper control on the multifunction switch to the 3rd and 4th position. The headlights work OK when the wiper switch is at other positions. I've read that the multifuntion switch may be causing the problem but I don't understand how the headlight switch and wiper controls are related. Can anyone help before I experiment replacing the multifunction control switch.
#410 of 509 1996 dodge dakota sport dash electrical problems
Feb 08, 2010 (3:04 pm)
i have a 1996 dodge dakota sport v6 magnum engine. my dash electrical system is having trouble the dash lights go out sometimes with a buzzing sound that is constant along with the gauges all pin unless you turn the dimmer all the way down and the sound goes away and the gauges go back to normal . the radio works sometimes and sometimes it doesn't or the light in the radio area don't work but the rest do ??? is this a ground wire problem ? sometimes it does it every day and goes away for a couple of days and comes back out of the blue. or the radio doesn't work for days and just comes on from no where as you drive .
#411 of 509 Re: 1996 dodge dakota sport dash electrical problems [ricarguy]
Feb 08, 2010 (4:06 pm)
Bad ground connection could cause your problems. The return current for lights, that come through the dimmer, may be finding a sneak path through the gauges.
#412 of 509 Re: no lights in OR out OR anywhere 1992 dakota [redneckf75]
Mar 12, 2010 (1:36 pm)
I see that no one replied to your post, I am having the same problem, did you figure out what the problem was?
#413 of 509 Re: 1996 dodge dakota sport dash electrical problems [srs_49]
Mar 13, 2010 (6:55 am)
I feel too that it is a short somewhere. When I turn the light switch on, the abs,brake dash lights come on, when I push the switch off, I can hear a click coming from the cowl about in the middle of it. I guess the next step is to remove the cowl and see if I can locate it. Thanks for the reply.
#414 of 509 dakota electrical problem.
Mar 18, 2010 (1:13 pm)
seeing as no one gave an answer, I went and had it fixed. It turned out to be bad corrosion in the bulkhead connector. Find out that this is fairly common as moisture collects in there. Look there first for your short.
#416 of 509 Re: wiper switch turns off headlights [sdpops]
Mar 18, 2010 (2:31 pm)
I should clarify my problem. When the headlights are ON and I set the wiper switch to the third or fourth position, the headlights get turned OFF by themselves. The headlights work OK when the wiper switch is at other positions. Has anyone else experienced a similar problem?
#417 of 509 Re: wiper switch turns off headlights [sdpops]
by KCRam@Edmunds HOST
Mar 18, 2010 (4:20 pm)
Almost definitely the stalk/switch. The reason it affects your headlights is because the switch is also the high beam dimmer and flash-to-pass toggle.
kcram - Pickups/Wagons Host
#418 of 509 Re: wiper switch turns off headlights [kcram]
Mar 18, 2010 (6:11 pm)
Thanks for the info kcram. Can you tell me where the stalk/switch is located. Is it the multifunction switch in the steering column?