Instrument Panel Lights Not Working

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Old 04-05-05, 08:31 AM
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Instrument Panel Lights Not Working

My sons got an '01 Mit Eclispe and the instrument panel lights stopped working. The fuse is ok and I've ckecked the wiring, which looks ok. Could be the dimmer switch, but not sure. Any suggestions.

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Old 04-05-05, 11:24 AM
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i'd think it could be
 
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Old 04-05-05, 12:20 PM
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Check to make sure the rolling or turning dash dimmer isn't in the "off" position
After that, if you've checked wiring andn fuses then it must be a bulb(s) out
Wait...do you mean the indicator lamps? Like Check Engine, Door Ajar, The little gas pump...that stuff
Or the instrument panel illumination lamps?
 
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Old 04-05-05, 12:51 PM
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Slickshift,

The problem is in the lamps that light the instrument panel gauges (speedo, tach, etc.). The dimmer does not have an off position. I've stuck an ohmmeter on the dimmer also and would have expected to see a change in resistance as the dimmer is adjusted, but saw no change.
 
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Old 04-05-05, 07:21 PM
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I would expect to see a change also
I also wouldn't think one would go "bad" on a 4 year old car
You've tested it, is it easily replaceble with a known good one?
I normally wouldn't suggest throwing parts at a car but if it's not too pricey a part...
 
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Old 04-06-05, 07:28 AM
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It's not too bad to get out, just trying to determine if the $60 for a new part would be worth it before ordering it.

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Old 04-06-05, 10:11 AM
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Oooof....
Maybe someone more knowledgable about electrical will chime in before you spend that kind of loot
Are there many bulbs out?
Is it possible there is only one, or two and one went out a while ago, and then the second one went out and now it's dark?
 
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Old 04-06-05, 07:52 PM
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I don't think you can check these newer style dimmer switches with an ohmmeter because most are now "pulse width modulated" modules. The dealer will have a pinpoint test to determine the fault. Maybe if you ask nice, they'll print one out for you Other than that, you're only guessing
 
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