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Why would a car's dashboard lights only work when the brakes are applied?

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Answered 2004-11-14 23:34:50

Have you replaced any tail light or turn signal bulbs lately? It is a common mistake to replace a combinaton turn signal/tail light bulb with the wrong one. I ran into this problem on an older Buick. I replaced a bad turn/tail bulb with the wrong bulb. The new bulb fit but when I stepped on the brakes the dash lights would come on. What I did wrong was I put an 1156 (single contactor bulb) in the turn tail socket which was supose to take an 1157 ( double contactor bulb). Check your turn tail bulbs and make sure they are correct.

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