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Carl455

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Hi all!

Ive done lots of research but this problem still has me stumped.
2005 Explorer

Symptoms:
-neither of the rear running lights work (the fronts do work)
-passenger side rear directional and brake light do not work. The front passenger side direction does.
-automatic headlights work, but the dash lights do not work when automatic lights are used. The dash lights do work when the headlights are turned on manually.
-the license plate lights do not work
-third brake light does work
-both the driver's side brake light and directional work
-reverse lights work
-at one point the driver's side directional and brake light were not working, for a day

What I've done:
-replaced the rear bulbs
-cleaned the connections of the rear bulbs and swapped the sockets
-cleaned and inspected the connection at the multifunction switch in the column, everything looked fine.
-cleaned and inspected the connection at the headlamp switch.
-inspected a bunch of fuses, I forget which ones.

This has got me stumped!
I suspected it may be a ground problem but Ive read the two lights share a common ground.
I have also read there may be a dirty connection at some trailer light junction. it looks like a b**** to get to.

Any Ideas?
 


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did this happen all at the same time?
 


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did this happen all at the same time?
Im not sure if this happened all at once or over a period. Right as I saw the right rear directional wasnt working I noticed all the other lighting symptoms. So probably all at once but there could have been malfunctions before too.

The only malfunction which I noticed existed before the right turn signal was the dash lights not comming on with the automatic lights. Thats been happening a while
 


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i would start with the battery grounds, there should be one to the body of the car and one to the engine.if they are dirty or lose clean them..
 


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