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Unread 04-15-2013, 05:24 PM   #1
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INSTRUMENT PANEL LIGHTS -- off

Howdy folks: My complete instrument panel went out the other night while driving home from camping.
Put in a new fuse in the panel slot and still no lights on the panel -- what gives ???

Everything else works -- Radio, Door light, headlights, etc. etc.
I even checked the new fuse with tester before I put it in ...


thanks, Randy 1995 YJ 4 banger , manual trans.

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Unread 04-15-2013, 05:40 PM   #2
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move the dimmer switch for the dash lights up and down? They go bad quite often
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Unread 04-15-2013, 06:24 PM   #3
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Good advice.
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Unread 04-16-2013, 10:12 AM   #4
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move the dimmer switch for the dash lights up and down? They go bad quite often
X2. Replace switch.
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Unread 04-16-2013, 01:48 PM   #5
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Light Panel , cont

I tried the dimmer switch first and that was not it. Sometimes it will move
when I clean the interior when I get back from camping; but this happened before I did that.

I wll check into the actual switch -- hopefully it will not run me $100 !!!

I have not found a good Jeep "junkyard" in San Diego County yet......

Maybe Collins Brothers ???

Tx, Randy
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Unread 04-16-2013, 02:07 PM   #6
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jumper power across the connector for the dimmer and see if the light comes on.
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Unread 04-17-2013, 01:06 AM   #7
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I tried the dimmer switch first and that was not it. Sometimes it will move
when I clean the interior when I get back from camping; but this happened before I did that.

I wll check into the actual switch -- hopefully it will not run me $100 !!!

I have not found a good Jeep "junkyard" in San Diego County yet......

Maybe Collins Brothers ???

Tx, Randy
911jeep dismantlers is at the border, otherwise there are lots of dismantlers by mexico. Ebay has these switches used for about $20.
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Unread 04-17-2013, 07:28 AM   #8
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They are under $30 new at most of the parts store. Any chance the new fuse popped when you put it in?
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Unread 04-17-2013, 08:28 AM   #9
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That happened to me, it was the dimmer switch. It is actually quite easy to take it apart and clean up the inside, as it is probably very corroded, and they don't actually break or go bad that often. After you get the switch out, there are two clips that hold the heatsink on it, just pry the clips off. Then remove the little circuit board looking contactor. Clean up the copper contacts, put some dielectric grease on it, and reassemble it. And its actually called a rheostat dimmer I believe.
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Unread 04-18-2013, 09:28 AM   #10
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Instrument Panel Lights ....

Well --- it actually was the "dimmer" switch after all !!! I messed with it again
the other night and got a quick light up on the panel. I took it apart and cleaned it up -- I need to get that grease though.
I am finding a lot of electrical contacts getting a little sticky.


thanks guys for your help, Randy from Oceanside
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