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Old 05-30-2006, 08:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Help!!! No gauge lights... They worked yesterday!

Just purchased a 94 pickup.. All the gauge lights worked yesterday.. Instrument cluster, heater switch lights etc.. Now I go in my truck at night and the lights for the instrument cluster wont work and the heater lights wont work at all.. All the gauges work fine just no illumination.. I checked all the fuses and they are good.. My headlight and tail lights work.. The clock dims when I turn the headlights on... Can anyone help me?? Please!!!!!!
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did you try and adjust the dimmer knob? its located to the left of the steering wheel. itll be a little round knob with a light bulb on it. Chances are that when getting out, your leg hit it and turned it, dimming the dash lights.
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Sometimes the lights in the instrument cluster can be knocked loose or they will sometimes vibrate loose. Check the dimmer knob first, just to be sure. Also check the fuse. If that does not work pull the dash panal and pull out the cluster and check the lights.
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Yes I am not stupid enough to not have the dimmer high enough... I went to a junk yard and got a dimmer switch.. I put the switch in and everything worked fine.. I then started my truck and turned the headlights on and something blew.. It wasnt a fuse bc i checked all of them... Now Im back to where I started from.. Nothing dims when I turn the headlights on... Could it be the switch stalk? Someone please help!!!
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Sounds like it's over charging (the alternator) and causing things to pop.

Should be quick and easy to check the charging voltage.....just to be safe.
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you most likely have a short in the wire somewhere. at one point my dash lights, visor lights, running lights, and tail lights didnt work because the wire running to one of the running lights got worn through and it was shorting on the body. no fuses blew btw.

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Is there any way to find a short without tracing every wire down??? I sure hope so... Thanks
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