THE HEATER STOPPED BLOWING. MY DAD TOOK THE DASH APART TO FIX AND NOW THE DOME LIGHT AND RADIO DON'T WORK

  • Tiny
  • mgotshall
  • 1996 Dodge Dakota
  • 160,000 miles

Couldn't find the reason for blower not running(runs fine off the battery) put the dash back together and now the dome and radio are not working. Checked all the fuses under the hood and under the drivers side panel. All fuses are fine. Any ideas?

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Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 AT 3:08 PM

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Do you have a multimeter to do some testing?Also you have a stock radio correct?

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Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 AT 4:48 PM
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We just went and bought one. Anywhere we should check first? Someone on the internet said they had the same issue with this truck and it was a relay? We found the chart for the fuses onling and checked the fuse for radio/dome light. It was fine. No, it is not factory radio but it has always worked fine until now when he took the dash apart. Everything else besides the dome and radio is fine. Well, except we never figured out wht the blower isnt working :/ he said something about running a hot wire to it with a switch but then this other issue came up. He's in over his head lol! Thanks!

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Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 AT 5:59 PM
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So do you want to look at the blower issue or the dome light and radio issue first?Also does radio work at all?Is the radio back light just inop?

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Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 AT 9:18 PM
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He redid a ground and got the blower going again(only on high speed) the dome light comes on when you start the engine but not when we open the door the stereo works fine now but no turn signals. He took out the fuse to the door buzzer( it was driving him nuts lol) and I wonder if that has anything to do with it. He's putting that back in in the morning. It's def. A ground issue.

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Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 AT 1:48 AM
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Manual ac heater not auto climate control?Also what size engine do you have?

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Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 AT 2:06 AM
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Manual ac and v6. The tailgate light works but not brake lights. Where does the mesh strap hanging from the steering column go. It is hanging and we are wondering if this is connected.

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Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 AT 2:19 AM
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Sometimes they use mesh straps to ground the blower motor where did you dad ground that blower motor at?

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Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 AT 2:24 AM
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Because there is a constant power going to the blower motor and the ground goes to the switch and the switch sends ground thru the blower motor resistor for all speeds.

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Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 AT 2:30 AM
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The ground for the blower motor is located to the left of the radio.

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Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 AT 2:32 AM
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Is that where the mesh strap goes? It comes off of the steering column but we dont know where it connects. Go to a firewall? Where does the cluster on the steering column go. Does it need to be grounded as well?

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Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 AT 2:40 AM

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