Turn signals and most accessories are dead - please help

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Hello guys I am lost with an electric problem of my 69 Satellite I cannot get around.

It all started some days ago when I was driving along and realized that my aftermarket tach was not showing any rpm.
Then I saw that the dash lightning was out.
When I got home I realized that the following items were dead (that had all previously worked):
Aftermarket tach
Aftermarket electric oil pressure gauge
Dash lightning
Fans, heating
Radio
Turn signals
Wiper, washer
Reversing lights

In full working order are:
Headlights
High beams
Brake lights
Speedometer
Fuel gauge
Voltmeter
Map light
Ignition switch light
Dome light
Glove box light
Trunk light
Oil pressure Idiot light when engine is off.


I did not check the horn.

Given that the items that work do not need a key in the "On" position to function and the things that do not work need it, I suspect that there is some kind of problem with the ignition switch?!
That is as far as I came by myself...

Do you have any ideas what to look for, what to check/ replace/ repair/ reconnect in order to get the electrics up again?
The absence of turn signals is especially annoying, when driving around.
I hope you can help me, it would be very much appreciated.
 
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sometimes fuses look perfectly good, but when tested, they are not.
 

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Yes that is true. I have changed the fuses in the glove box, they gave me a hard time to change because they were tight in there but it worked.
 

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IIRC all the things you list run off the acc. side of the ignition switch. It maybe the switch or the wires for it.
 

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Black wire at ignition switch controls that half of the fuse box and power to the other components (wipers, flashers). Back probe black wire at switch with key on and you should have 12 volts. Or easier place to start is black wire at fuse box feeding radio, heater, back up light fuses. If you don't have voltage there, got back to ignition switch
 

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Thank you, I will try my luck with that black wire. Have a great day!
 

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Hello again, I cannot thank you enough for your help.
The black acc. wire had slipped out of the ignition switch and was dangling around freely...
After putting it back in accordance to the FSM plan everything is in working order again!
That is the reason why I love this community - it empowers the average Joe (like me) without much hands on knowledge of car repair work to own, work on and drive these dream cars.
 
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Hello again, I cannot thank you enough for your help.
The black acc. wire had slipped out of the ignition switch and was dangling around freely...
After putting it back in accordiing to the FSM plan everything is in working order again!
That is the reason why I love this community - it empowers the average Joe (like me) without much hands on knowledge of car repair work to own, work on and drive these dream cars.
Glad it was something simple, with my luck, 9 out of 10 times it is not. And kudos to you for having a factory service manual. That is a necessity for owning one of these old cars imo. I am always amazed at all the people who come on here and ask a simple question, which the answer would be easily found in the manual. But they don't bother buying one or downloading the free edition from mymopar.
 

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Thanks for your kind words, I try to figure out as much as possible by myself. Apparently I found the things that did not work but the missing piece of the puzzle for a newbie like me is hard to find without "a little help from my friends".
 

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Thanks for your kind words, I try to figure out as much as possible by myself. Apparently I found the things that did not work but the missing piece of the puzzle for a newbie like me is hard to find without "a little help from my friends".
And most times, electrical issues seem to be especially challenging, to me anyway.
 
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