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#811745 Sat Dec 31 2011 01:55 AM
Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 15
New Guy
I was working on my parking lights today, and noticed when the parking lights are on my headlights are off. When the headlights are on the parking lights are off. My question is, shouldn't the headlights & parking lights be on @ the same time? Or, do I have a bad headlight switch? If the switch is bad, what is the procedure to remove it?


Joined: Jul 2001
Posts: 3,904
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why would you want the driving lights on when you're parked? or the parking lights on when you're driving wink way back then, there was no such thing as "running" lights, and the lights were only on when you wanted them on, not ever ytime you started the truck like today .... if you want to have them on together, there's a tech tip here to easily accomplish that

and welcome to the garage, check in the electrical forum and you should find a post about removing the light switch


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squeeze #811757 Sat Dec 31 2011 02:23 AM
Joined: Sep 2010
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So, are you saying the parking lights should not burn all the time? I had one of these trucks back in 85, and if I remember correctly, all the lights worked, when you pulled the headlight switch all the way on? When you wanted to run the parking lights only, you just pulled the switch out so far & it stopped. Is this correct or not? Or is the switch bad?

Joined: Nov 2004
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1st position, park lamps only...2nd position (all the way out), headlights only. If you want both the park lamps and the headlights on, in 2nd position, try this:

Simple underdash wiring modification for park lamps & headlights on

Cutting into the wiring harness for the headlights or park lamps, is not recommended or required with this simple modification.

Last edited by 4-5-6 Chevy Trucks; Sat Dec 31 2011 06:22 AM.

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