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Old 04-27-2019, 07:59 AM   #1
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No Clearance Lights

I just picked up a 98 Windsor with 42k miles on it for a song. Coach is in amazing shape but does need some of its systems repaired. One of those systems is the clearance lights. Does anyone know if its directly controlled off the old school lights knob on the dash? I am wondering if my lights knob is is burnt out. It flickers the dash lights when its turned and seems problematic. I found the fuse location for it in the center console section and have jumped it out and they come on. There is an inline 15amp fuse that gets power from what I assume is the knob.

I attempted to remove the dash panel (lots of it is cracking around where the screws hold it in) but I could not get it out. I am wondering if it might be better to just add a relay in the fuse panel and have it activate off the parking lights so I don't have to pull the dash apart. Seems like the easy thing to do and there are plenty of open spots to do it.
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Old 04-27-2019, 11:49 AM   #2
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Congrats on the new rig! I'm not sure what controls those clearance lights.
I have had to replace the headlight switch twice already. I was able to take the screws out of the dash panel on that end and gently pry the panel out far enough to get to the switch.

Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

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Old 04-27-2019, 12:15 PM   #3
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Hi R3myer; As far as I know the clearance lights are part of the parking light circuit that puts power to the parking/clearance lights when the headlight switch is pulled to the first position and second to the headlights on position. The headlight switch with flickering dash light is common. Most owners replace the headlight switch. Not sure if your problem is in the headlight switch or the fuse that powers the parking/clearance lights. As Joe mentioned he has already had to replace the headlight switch and that should not be too hard of a job. Just need to get the panel out far enough to get to the back of the switch. I do have a part number for the switch, but do know if this will fit a 1998 Windsor. Cole Hershee #71092-02-BX. This fits my previous 2000 Windsor and my 01 Windsor and I think Joe's 2002 Windsor. Most auto parts stores have them and are not too expensive. Hope this info helps!
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thanks for the help and part number. At this point I think I am going to just trigger it off of the parking lights circuit in the fuse panel. I think the amp draw of all of the old school incandescent bulbs probably burned the switch out. If I replace all the markers with LED that should take care of it.
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