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What happened to my dash lights?


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#1 mschafe

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Posted 09 November 2004 - 06:24 PM

I went to drive the car tonight, and there are no dash lights. All the other lights work (like warning lights,interior, etc..) but there are no dash lights when the headlights are on. Is there a fuse somewhere? I checked the main fuse panel and couldn't find one specific to the dash, or any that were blown for that matter. Where do I start?

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Posted 09 November 2004 - 06:31 PM

What kind of car are we talking about?
On my 82 GL Hatch the dimmer knob would cause my dash to go off if I bumped it or moved it just a bit.

Try messing with the dash dimmer knob and see if you have dead spots on the switch? (or if the dash dimmer knob is adjusted all the way off :eek: )

Just a thought.. :confused:
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Posted 09 November 2004 - 06:44 PM

It's on an '85 GL. Its not the dimmer, as that's the first thing I messed with. Real strange, as they worked fine yesterday, but not tonight.



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Posted 09 November 2004 - 06:49 PM

I'm still not convinced it's not the dimmer switch messing with you :banghead:

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Posted 09 November 2004 - 07:16 PM

I banged on it, pulled on it, turned it around and around and no luck. It must be a fuse somewhere, although I can't find it.

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Posted 09 November 2004 - 07:22 PM

Just search every fuse in your fuse box and see if any of them have blown.

I had that problem once except they quit on me durring a drive at night... and freaked me out. I found that it was in fact one of my fuses that had blown.

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Posted 09 November 2004 - 08:24 PM

Here is a strange thing to try ..but mine does this...just remembered too since its getting cold out..When I first start it I dont have any dash lights or stereo...but they come on once I wiggle the key up and down. Once the car is warmed up (or its warm outside) it goes away.I have a bad contact somewhere in the ignition switch ...and its partial to the colder weather.

Just a though.

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Posted 09 November 2004 - 08:44 PM

Well, my stereo still works, and I couldn't find any blown fuses... :( Very very strange! I guy i'll have to drive in the dark for a while.

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Posted 10 November 2004 - 08:46 AM

bypass your dimmer with a jumper lead or a test lamp but be careful

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 09:00 AM

Did you fix it? solution?

i think my problem is a relay just outside the fusebox.. and not the dimmer.
hmm where's my test light haven't used it in so long.

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 02:19 PM

on my 86 BRAT its my license/tail fuse (15AMP) id swap that first

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 11:34 PM

Same thing happened to me on my 91 Loyale. Messed with the dimmer a bunch with no luck. Haven't checked any fuses though...

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 05:02 AM

I have a feeling my dimmer switch is dead, although when i try to
by pass it, a fuse blows I think. I'll have to try it again. (could have been
related to my now technically unplugged cig lighter)

Another thing is, the feedback/feel of the dimmer switch feels different,
it used to have resistance, clicks, and an upper and lower edge stopping point
and now it kind of freewheels no resistance.

Hmm i wonder if the same one is in an imprezza i have access to. I'll have to check that out.

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 12:39 PM

on my 89 GL wagon, the dimmer protion of the light switch was completely crapped out - as in the coils were burned thru - so no dash lights at all.

basically, i bypassed the dimmer portion & wired in some led's along the bottom of the dash panel - drilled small holes for the led housing to fit thru between the gauge faces and the clear outer cover - kind of ugly, but it worked. had always intended to "do it up" right, but never did get around to it. :rolleyes:

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 06:49 PM

My recommendation to confirm that it is the dimmer, go get a $5-$10 multi-meter from walmart, harbor freight, ect., and ohm it out. If the resistance is out of range, or infinite, it's dead. Make sure there is NO power to the switch when you do this, or you'll fry it. If it is, just go to the junkyard, and get a new one. If you'd rather something else, just go to autozone and pick up some $15 LED strips.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 06:06 PM

what i ended up doing was by passing the dimmer

and wiring in an LED, which i mounted by drilling a whole in the
bottom of the dashboard area, and put a small peice of tape over
the glass to keep ti from glaring at me..

Now i have a blue LED dash backlighs. it's kind of cool. I wanted red
but then it would have possible drowned out any red warning lights..

which remnds me, my CEL is on lol

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 08:01 PM

If I remember correctly power for the dash lights comes from the left side headlight relay and then goes to a fuse in the dash fuse panel.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 08:33 PM

There are two Relays, one for each Headlamp and also one of those controls the Dashboard's Lights while the other one also controls the blue Low/High Light indicator.

The Full explanation plus a Guide about How to Swap Bosch Standard Relays in place of the old roundies, is ~► Here.

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