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Help - No tail lights, instrument panel lights, or corner lights! 1998 Mercury Villager.
Just inherited a 1998 Mercury Villager GS from my grandmother. It's your typical "little old lady car" - only 62k miles, everything looks brand new, garaged, great shape...only one problem:
The car hasn't been driven much in the past few years. Drove it to my uncle's house the other day, and when I started driving home at night, I discovered that the tail lights don't work. The instrument panel lights don't work. The corner lights (running lights?) don't work.
The headlights DO work. The brake lights DO work. The emergency flashers DO work.
I've checked the fuses under the driver's dash...all good. Even replaced them. No change. According to the labels, the fuses for the non-working lights are sourced from the battery. The battery is brand new (just replaced the old one, which was dead.)
I've read that the brake lights can overheat and the solder can melt together, shorting out the system...so I checked those and they're fine.
I have a Haynes manual that shows a set of relays for the rear lights, but can't figure out where they are or how to get to them (under the car maybe?)
Has someone dealt with this issue? It sounds to me like I'm not getting power to these, so I'm thinking it's either coming from the battery (a broken or loose wire?) or there is a busted relay going to the back. Unfortunately, the Haynes doesn't really show me exactly where to look.
Would appreciate any help I can get! Thanks...