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Tail lights don't work when bright lights are on. dash lights don't work when dims on

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Bad Ground or bad headlight switch.Make sure u have a good ground from the headlights to the frame. Also make sure you have a good ground from the engine to the frame.

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Sounds like you have a problem with a ground. Electrical wierdness like this can almost always be attributed to a bad ground. Have you done anything to the car recently that could have affected a ground? Replaced the dimmer switch or light switch?

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