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Instument panel lights not working . . .

Old 06-22-2005, 01:33 AM
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Default Instument panel lights not working . . .

When I turn the headlights or daytime lights on the instrument panel won't turn on and the reverse lights don't work. I checked all the bulbs and they are fine. The lights that illuminate the speed and tach gauges are the ones in the instument panel that don't work.

It is also interesting that the sport light in the automatic tranmission turns off when I turn the headlights or daytime lights on.

Any one know what the problem is?
Old 06-22-2005, 09:47 PM
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Default I was checking the wrong fuse

Sorry about this post, turns out it was the fuse after all. It was #14 fuse, the "instrument cluster light" and not #12 fuse "instrument cluster." Since 12 is before 14 when reading lists, I assumed it was fuse 12. But it was a fun past 2 days. My favorite part was removing and installing the airbag, thinking it was going to blow up in my face. Ahh . . . precious memories
Old 08-09-2007, 04:23 AM
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Default Instument panel lights not working . . .

Sorry to boder but i have the same problem but my fuces are fine maybe it's the light bulds? Can you tell me how did you changed the light bulb because i have no clue how to get there, everything is so compact and complicated? thanks
Old 09-11-2007, 02:51 AM
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Default RE: Instument panel lights not working . . .

Dimka, it is easy and I will tell you how to do it without removing steering wheel..
1. Turn your steering wheel straight so you have more room when you will be pulling cluster out.
2. Take thin, longphillips screw driver and unscrew 2 swevs that are below your steering wheel. They are right in steering column cover - the one that goes from steering wheel and touches cluster. Yes, that's that pice of plastic. And they are on the lower side.
3. Take that plastic cover off and you will see 2 srews that hold your instrument cluster. Unscrew them.
4. Voila! Because your steering wheel is straight, you have enough room to pull out cluster, disconnect wire harness and change bulbs. If you have only lower bulbs burned, you on't even need to disconnect cluster.

I have exactly same problem and I will check fuse 14 tomorrow (thanks jimmy154!!!) and if this is not the case, then it might also be:
1. Bad bulbs
2. Dimming switch
3. Headlights switch (I was told that if it fails, you could still turn headlight on but bulbs won't work)
4. Bad wires
...and on, and on...
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