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Why does my highbeam indicator light stay on and my headlights will not shut off without disconnecting the battery even though I replaced the dash switch on a 99 Dodge Dakota?


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2007-02-21 15:18:19
2007-02-21 15:18:19

the problem is in your high beam switch. there is a short in it and it needs to be replaced


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