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post #1 of 45 Old 01-27-2009, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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dash lights just went out, along with running lights, and tail lights. what happened

i just turned on my head lights like 2 nights ago and the whole dash cluster went out (but the functions light up), the ac controls, the tail lights (although brake lights work), and the orange side markers and running lights. 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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post #2 of 45 Old 01-27-2009, 11:24 AM
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Do the gauges still work and just the back lights are dead?
Or is everything out and not reporting.

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post #3 of 45 Old 01-27-2009, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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everything still works, everything is functioning. that annoying shift light still comes on, when i'm low on gas the light comes on. the airbag light and all that other stuff lights up when i turn it on. but when i turn on the head light switch the gauges don't illuminate, the tail lights don't turn on, the parking lights don't light up...however the head lights still turn on and the brake lights light up when i apply the brake. all the fuses are ok it seems.
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post #4 of 45 Old 01-27-2009, 01:45 PM
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As the brake lights are still working fuse 4 in the PDC is OK. That supplies fuses 1 (dash/marker lights and immobiliser), fuse 2 (stop lamps) and fuse 3 (fog lamps) in the internal fuse panel.

I'd pull fuse 1 from the panel behind the fuse box and check it properly if you've not already pulled it. If the fuse is OK you may have a problem with the head lamp switch, or the wiring from the fuse panel to the switch. Check for live at the tan/black wire which is the feed from the fuse. The outputs for the external and dash lights are on different wires so I expect the problem is with the supply side.

Online factory service manuals and parts lists - http://www.jeep4x4center.com/knowledge-base/index.htm
If it doesn't work properly, look for the service manual link at the bottom of the page.
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post #5 of 45 Old 01-27-2009, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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i'll try that, thanks man.
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post #6 of 45 Old 02-19-2009, 01:00 AM
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Johnny I would just like to say that this thread just fixed the same problem for me as I have just found a broken fuse #1. Thank you!!!!
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post #7 of 45 Old 02-19-2009, 10:54 AM
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Good job Johnny jeep!! That fixed my issue as well. I didn't think that the parkling lamp fuse (#1) would have anything to do with giving fire to my dash lights, and HVAC lights. Learn something new everyday. Thanks

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post #8 of 45 Old 03-04-2009, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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mine is fixed as well.
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post #9 of 45 Old 03-04-2009, 04:01 PM
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That happened to me last month. Fuses were fine, but I had no interior lights, no ac light or dash lights, nothing... if you still have an issue replace the knob that you pull out to turn on the lights. That's what I had to do and now its fine.

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post #10 of 45 Old 03-05-2009, 02:12 AM
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In case any one reads this for info. I've recently answered someone else with this problem and noticed whilst referring to FSM that the power from the dimmer control goes though fuse 12 inside the Jeep before heading to the dash lamps. If you have front and rear marker lamps but no dash lamps check that fuse too.

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post #11 of 45 Old 07-02-2009, 06:06 AM
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Thanks Jonny! 1 was fried and 12 was fine.

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Been a while since I have been on, but Jeepforum answered the quick question again! #1 was blown - the only fuse I did not check. Thanks guys!!!

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fuse 1 was my problem. Thanks!!!
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post #14 of 45 Old 07-27-2010, 01:18 PM
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Hey guys im having the same problem.. fuse 1 is blown but keeps blowin every time i turn the power on.. what is the next step i should take?
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post #15 of 45 Old 07-27-2010, 04:37 PM
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You might check and see if you have some corrosion. Sometimes that can blow the fuses.

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