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Dodge Repair/'02 Minivan: Park lamp 'out'


QUESTION: My caravan failed state inspection because the right front parking light is inoperative.  It is out when the parking lights are turned on and when the head lights are turned on.  However, it works fine when the right turn signal is turned on.  It uses the 3157 lamp.  Roland, your expertise on this mater would be much appreciated.

Of course the 3157 has two filaments so if you haven't tried replacing the bulb itself that would be the possible cause. The other item would be fuse 3 (15 amp)in the integrated power module which powers that specific parking lamp and could be blown so check that first.

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QUESTION: Roland, thank you for your quick response. I have already replaced the light bulb and I have visually checked the fuses but I will recheck them with a ohm meter.  Thank you.

Hi Les,
If it is not fuse #3 than the problem has to be the wire from the park lamp relay to fuse 3 (so check if 12v is present on the fuse when the park lamps are requested), or the white/orange wire from the fuse to pin 2 of the bulb socket, or the bulb socket could be defective.

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