Aftermarket stereo in a ford ranger

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    I've wired up a aftermarket stereo in my truck and it works fine. However when I turn on my headlights my dash lights do not come on. Any ideas?
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    Bad wiring? Bad grounds? Normally it's just a simple plug and play, but sometimes aftermarket HU require an added accessory (such as another wiring harness) to avoid such problems.
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    There are two orange wires labeled dimmer. If I plug it up with battery power and headlight switch turned off the market lights stay on. But still no dash lights.
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    Ford truck have crappy headlight switches mine often burn out (3 so far on my ford ranger had 4 years).

    Might check that before pulling your hair out. $15 or so at Autozone.

    Sometimes you can remove it and see the plastics near the plug actually melting.
    Mine all go out with no warning.

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    Its working now. Had a bad fuse. Shouldn't have overlooked that...thanks guys
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    Was going to suggest checking the fuse. Had the stereo fuse go out on my car and overlooked it. Ended up going to a local dealership for them to look at it and the first thing the tech did was bring out a new fuse, replaced it and it worked. I felt so foolish:D
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    LMFAO...
    sorry I can just picture myself ripping the truck apart...

    Just don't tell us if it was your wife or girlfriend that suggested it.

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