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Unread 01-31-2009, 03:31 PM   #1
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dash lights, tail lights, parking lights stopped working, whats the deal?

i just turned on my head lights like 2 nights ago and the whole dash cluster went out (but the functions light up, i.e. dumb shift light and gas gauge...), the ac controls, the tail lights (although brake lights work), and the orange side markers and running lights. the turn signals do work though. i checked the cluster fuse and its fine. but basically all the stuff that require that 12v illumination just won't turn on. is that a switch thing, or a bad ground, i feel like i'm definately not the first person to have this problem.


any help would be awesome, thanks guys.

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Unread 02-01-2009, 02:01 AM   #2
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I recently had the same problem. and i spent a whole daychasing wires trying to find a bad ground. i would just trythe switch. i was angry when i put in a new switch and realized i spent a whole day messing with it and it could have taking about 3 minutes
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Unread 02-02-2009, 06:09 AM   #3
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It won't be a bad ground as the dash and front/tail lamps have different grounds. Check fuse 1 behind the glove box. That gets power fron the same source as fuse two for the brake lamps so the fuse in the under hood Power Distribution Center (PDC) is OK. If the fuse is OK it is likly to be a problem with the switch or it's connector.
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Unread 05-22-2009, 11:17 AM   #4
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I hate jacking the thread, but I have a similar problem, my dimmer switch will turn on the footwell lighting but none of my dash illumination lights work. The radio light turns off when I turn the lights on. The fuse is fine and the bulbs are also fine. Could it be the dimmer switch?

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Unread 07-06-2009, 02:58 PM   #5
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when you guys talk about the switch , what switch are you talking about?
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Unread 07-06-2009, 07:32 PM   #6
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You didnt just put an aftermarket radio in did you?
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Unread 07-12-2009, 04:17 AM   #7
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I have the same problem, and I actually DID just install an aftermarket system...
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Unread 07-13-2009, 10:30 PM   #8
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^ I believe you crossed the ill and dimmer together didnt you? If so, reverse fornicate it. Check for blown fuses. If there arent any... it might be a relay. If thats not it, you got problems.
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Unread 07-14-2009, 07:50 PM   #9
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I replaced the fuse, flipped the dash and parking lights on, and it blue another fuse. XD

When you say I crossed the ill and dimmer together, what does that mean?
I'm basically a 2nd grader when it comes to electrical.

The stereo works perfectly and all, but...I can't exactly drive at night with no parking lights. Haha.
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Unread 07-15-2009, 06:52 PM   #10
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the orange wire and the orange/white wires are likely crossed together from the radio wires. For some reason tail lights and dash lights are on the same relay.
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Unread 08-06-2009, 07:44 AM   #11
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I'm having this problem now and

after reading through this thread, i still have no idea what's going on. not to be a ****** but all of the responses are fragmented. how do i fix the issue? change fuse 1?
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Unread 08-07-2009, 06:32 PM   #12
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Just a guess did you check the msfw fuse?
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Unread 02-25-2011, 02:47 PM   #13
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i just turned on my head lights like 2 nights ago and the whole dash cluster went out (but the functions light up, i.e. dumb shift light and gas gauge...), the ac controls, the tail lights (although brake lights work), and the orange side markers and running lights. the turn signals do work though. i checked the cluster fuse and its fine. but basically all the stuff that require that 12v illumination just won't turn on. is that a switch thing, or a bad ground, i feel like i'm definately not the first person to have this problem.


any help would be awesome, thanks guys.
i have the same problem it just happen yesterday like 3 day before i replace the brake switch then every the was fine. i went to school after school i was driven and i used my left turn signal and my miles where blinking as the turn signal was then i turn my lights on and my radio lights where blind idk what to do
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Unread 02-26-2011, 12:28 AM   #14
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It's a small (5 amp?) fuse in a drop down bin down where youpark your left foot. you'll need a torch.
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