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Dash light doesn't work. Fuses are all good. Im confused..

Posted by DSMTyson, Dec 16, 2010

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  1. DSMTyson

    DSMTyson Proven Member

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    Like the title says the dash lights in my car randomly dont work anymore. I noticed this yesterday night when i went to autozone to get some loctite. The blinkers still work but the speedo, tach, engine temp, oil pressure, fuel guage all dont light up anymore. i checked all of the fuses, im stumped. :aha:

    I read a 5 year old thread similar to my story and someone mentioned the dimmer switch for the light going out. They spliced into the yellow/black wire for the dimmer and it worked, they just werent able to dim the lights anymore. If anyone can elaborate on this process that would be great. I hope thats whats wrong with it. If anyone has any other suggestions on what to check that would be appreciated.
     

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  2. fourgsixthree33

    fourgsixthree33 Proven Member

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    Do your tail lights work when the gauges aren't lighting up?
     

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  3. luv2rallye

    luv2rallye DSM Wiseman

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    The dimmer switch burns up when too much load is on it (or it just wears out normally). If you don't want to spend the $ for a new dimmer, just connect it's black-yellow wire to it's black one (or to ground). This connects all dash lights to ground so they are on full intensity. You won't be able to dim them but you then save the $ for not having to get a new dimmer. And if you always run the dash lights on full anyway...
     

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  4. DSMTyson

    DSMTyson Proven Member

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    Wow i never realized it, but no, the tail lights and license plate lights are not on when i turn the lights on. what does that mean?


    EDIT: I searched no tail lights and no dash lights on the forums, and i found out the issue. For some odd reason there was no fuse in the spot labled "TAIL". Idk what the hell happened to it but it vanished. I put a 30A fuse in the spot(last one i had, besides it cant hurt LOL).

    Thanks fourgsixthree33!!
     

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  5. 1badpurple

    1badpurple Proven Member

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    ^ Haha. Told you it mysteriously eats things.
     
  6. fourgsixthree33

    fourgsixthree33 Proven Member

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    You are welcome. The reason I was asked because 9 times out of 10 if the tails and license plate lights don't work as well, it's a fuse. I have never heard of a fuse falling out but, I guess it's possible. Glad you got the problem solved.
     

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