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Old 11-05-2008, 01:19 AM   #1
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I purchased a '95 Bonneville in March of this year. 2 weeks later the dashlights and taillights quit working. Headlights, brakelights, turn signals etc all OK. I replaced the ligh switch and everything worked fine...until June. Dashlights and tailights started working intermittently for about 2 weeks, then quit altogether. I replaced the light swicth again, and again everything worked fine...until tonight. Dashlights and taillights quit working on the drive home, then came back on. What cold be causing this? I don't want to replace another light switch until I fix the root cause.

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95'* had a switch problem that usually melted the switch and the wiring connector. Check both for signs of problems and replace as necessary. If you are looking for a little more info as I'm in a bit of a rush at the moment, search headlight switch and my username.

I'm a former 95 owner myself
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I searched the other posts, thanks for the info. I'll tackle it this weekend and see how it goes.
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I originally came across my issue because the turn signals weren't working. Totally by coincidence that I noticed it and then came across the meltdown.
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Will the '96 light switch plug into the existing connector, or will I need to rewire the connector (assuming its still good)?
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All the patrts stores I've checked (NAPA, Advanced, Autozone, and RockAuto.com) say the '95 &'96 take the same switch. Do you have a part number that solved your problem? The last 2 I put in were from Autozone, Duralst p/n SW1468. Don't want to repeat the mistake, tire of taking the dash apart.

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Bill helped me with this problem one year ago.
You can actually get a light switch from a junk yard from a donor car year 96-99 I believe. But you have to get the wiring harness going to it because the wires are different color. But are the same order. just match up wire to wire and you'l be fine.

In my dealings with 'autozone' in the past, I have found that there electrical parts are junk and unreliable.

Bill sent me a switch and harness for cheep and its still working great.

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