1997 Ford Explorer, I checked the filaments and all is fine, when I turn on the "parking lights only" the head lights come on but the running lights out back won't glow, brake lights work fine

Joe Westbrook Jr

Asked by Mar 17, 2014 at 12:31 AM about the 1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT SUV

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

When I turn on the parking lights, the head lights shine but the running lights/tail lights
don't burn out back, I checked the filaments and they look good and even took them out
and swapped them out, it is not a fuse or else none would work, what else could it be?
The brake lights work, even the 3rd light works fine.??

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Check the multi-function switch. When turning on the dusk/dawn lights I do not believe the headlights should come on. Get a Haynes/Clinton book for your year vehicle. I believe they have wiring diagrams in the rear. An inexpensive multi-meter, to check for voltage, would be a great assistance.

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