Brake lights/directionals quit working?

Old 06-14-07, 09:06 PM
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Brake lights/directionals quit working?

The vehicle is:
1991 Dodge Dakota
318 V-8, Auto trans, 4 wheel drive. Lots of miles, but everything works (worked).

Problem: Wife hit deer. Cracked drivers side directional lense. Not much physical damage. All lights worked until she hit the deer. Now none of the directional lights work. The brake lights don't work, and the hazard lights don't work. I have checked all of the fuses in the panel and they are all good. All of the big fuses under the hood are good as well. The tail lights work fine yet.

What could cause this? I checked all of the bulbs and they are good. I thought that maybe the break light switch may be broke, but wouldn't that make the brake lights stay on? And if it is broke, would that affect the directionals? She has do do jury duty in the big city on Monday and doesn't want to drive it until they are fixed.

Thanks in advance for any help and suggestions, John
Old 06-15-07, 03:54 AM
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you should start by checking all fuses with a voltmeter or test light with the ignition in the on position if you have any fuses or fusible links under the hood check them also.
this not only confirms the fuse is good it also tells you if you are getting power to the fuse.
multifunction switch could cause all those things to not function however they usually do not fail completly if you find you do not have power to several fuses in the fuse box in the vehicle would check for fusible links or large fuses under the hood that may have blown.

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