Recently a bolt fell and hit my foot from under.

Tiny
JEFFREYLYNN46
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  • 1994 FORD AEROSTAR
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Recently a bolt fell and hit my foot from under the dash(it was one of the shifter bolts)from that time forward the dash lights quit working, that was about a month ago, now yesterday the running lights quit working too, I have checked the fuses in the fuse box and they are all good any ideas?
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Monday, October 10th, 2011 AT 2:53 AM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Can you explaine what is happening?
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Monday, October 10th, 2011 AT 3:57 AM
Tiny
JEFFREYLYNN46
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The dash lights and the runnning lights are not working, but everything else on the fuse circuit is working, also when bolt fell out and dash lights quit working, ASB light started flashing(just wondering if bolt hit something to short out a circuit?)
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Monday, October 10th, 2011 AT 4:13 PM
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Everything is insulated, so the bolt shouldn't have caused damage to other things. However, it may have been a body ground that could have an affect on things.
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Monday, October 10th, 2011 AT 4:29 PM
Tiny
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Does the bolt have threds and how long?
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Monday, October 10th, 2011 AT 4:47 PM
Tiny
JEFFREYLYNN46
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It was the gearshift lever bolt about 1 inch long, with machine threads. I tightend the bolt back in place which fixed the earlier problem with the sloppy shifter.I have also read that the problem could be a relay switch, module, or sensor, or headlight switch.
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Monday, October 10th, 2011 AT 5:27 PM
Tiny
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What is going on the parking and the dash light are 2 circits.
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Monday, October 10th, 2011 AT 7:27 PM
Tiny
JEFFREYLYNN46
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Sorry to mislead you. Yes they are on 2 seperate circuits. Here it is step by step
I had problems with sloppy gears shift, the bolt fell out from the gear shift, and the dash lights quit working, and the ABS light started flashing, that was a month ago. This week the daytime run lights, (or parking lights)do not work any more, dash light fuse is still good as is the fuse for the running lights. Most of all I need to know how to fix the running lights as I can not drive it at night with no running lights.
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Monday, October 10th, 2011 AT 8:44 PM
Tiny
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I donated and no one can answer my question, what gives?
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Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 AT 4:18 PM
Tiny
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Is the shift bowl lose or just the pin and handle. Day time running lights are only the headlights and the parking lights are with turn signal lenses. When you say dash lights are you talking about illumanation or the digits. We are trying to understand what your asking.
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Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 AT 5:41 PM
Tiny
JEFFREYLYNN46
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Shifter is fine, put bolt back in, forget shifter.
Okay when I say running lights they are the ones you see when the head lights are on, and dash lights are illumanation, also what happens is when I turn on the headlight switch the rear ABS inicator light flashes continuasly until I turn key off, and will stay off until I turn headlight switch on again, but only with engine running, with lots of reading on my part also.I am hoping it is just the headlight switch, but also found that it could be the lighting control module, could you send me a schematic of the area that would be located in(the lighting control module), or tell me where it is located if that is the problem, sound like that would be easier to replace than the headlight switch,
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Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 AT 10:29 PM
Tiny
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Youll need a test light and have check the tailight fuse on both sides. If ok check the sockets for voltage and bulbs with the lights switch is set to parking lihts no headlights. If no you have no choice you have to remove the head light switch to check the voltage to the parking lights. Do the brake light and signals oper?Dont start replacing parts!
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Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 AT 5:43 PM
Tiny
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Yes brake lights and signal lights work, what do you mean check the tail light fuse on both sides?Explain please. Everything else on the fuse circuit works except the parking lights, back up lights work, etc. Etc. And how do you remove the headlight switch?
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Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 AT 5:54 PM
Tiny
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A fuse has two blades that plug in the fuse panel both should show power. You cant fix this by looking get a test light and test the voltage. Before the switch
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Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 AT 8:10 PM
Tiny
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No power at the fuse (0.00), how do you remove the headlight switch?I am 6 feet 5 inches tall, and wear glasses so I don't fit too well in a 3 foot square area, standing on my head. Ley me know of the easest way to remove the switch.

Thanks
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Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 AT 10:34 PM
Tiny
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Turn the parking lights on and then you checked it right.
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Thursday, October 13th, 2011 AT 12:03 AM
Tiny
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Is the switch on the dash or signal lever?
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Thursday, October 13th, 2011 AT 12:07 AM
Tiny
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The switch is in the dash, left side. And yes I checked the fuse with the power on for the running lights, I have already checked everything. There is no power at the fuse, will I have to remove the dash to get to it as I can see there is no other way to get to the headlight switch, and at this point, if I have to remove a bunch of stuff to get it out I mite as well replace it.I do not have a garage or a place to fix this out of the rain, and I live in Oregon, and tomorrow it's supposed to rain again, so please, just tell me how to remove the headlight switch, and the lighting control module, you sent me a schematic once before, can you do it again, 1994 FORD AEROSTAR with the biggest v-6 motor, 2 wheel drive, non-Canadien, regular dash, non-digital
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Thursday, October 13th, 2011 AT 3:49 AM
Tiny
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Here are directions for the switch:

1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
2. Remove the retaining screws and lift off the cluster finish panel assembly.
3. Remove the left control pod assembly retaining screws.
4. Disconnect the wiring connector from the rear of the switch.
5. Remove the two lamp switch-to-control pod retaining screws and remove the switch.

I have attached an exploded view of the swith so you can see how everything is put together.
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Thursday, October 13th, 2011 AT 3:58 AM
Tiny
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Thank you, I will try that in the morning, and unlike others on other web sites I will keep you posted if this fixes the problem.
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Thursday, October 13th, 2011 AT 4:15 AM
Tiny
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Okay.I replaced the headlight switch and the running lights still do not work, along with the dash lights, enclosed is a picture of the plug where it got so hot it melted some of the plastic, so next question is where is the Lighting Control Module located at, and what does it look like, the wires at the plug still look okay, not brittle or burnt.
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Thursday, October 13th, 2011 AT 10:08 PM

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