When i put my lights on, the instrument panel wont light up,only just got the car, they were working,then after a while they would go out now not at all, i have cheked the number plate lights and they are on so the fuse is ok,i have checked the multi-plug wires on the back of switch,seems ok,have squirt some wd40 into switch,no luck,could it be the switch,all gauges,ind, main beam etc work on panel
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Since it's highly unlikely all your instrument panel bulbs are blown (that usually only occurs if a faulty alternator puts out excessive voltage), it can be several things.
Have you checked your taillights and brake lights? Reason I say, many vehicles are designed to not illuminate the instrument panel lights if both taillights are out (a safety feature and tell-tale warning to the driver). If the taillights are ok, it may have a bad dimmer resistor for the inst panel lights, presuming the fuse that controls the dash lights is good. The other possibility is a faulty ground connection to the instrument panel circuit board or wire loom.
do taillights?fuse is blown for running lights,and check bulbs they go in bunches,if none of these are bad the printed circuit is bad on cluster,clusters are easy to change,youtube has instructions,buy it from ebay
If the are not working you need to take the instrument panel out and twist the bulbs out. befor you buy take the ones out that are working and put them in the place where they are not. If they work then you know it is just a bulb or lamp. Now since you have it out replace all of the lamps
1. Undo the panels to the left and right of the steering column.
2. Remove the panel that encloses the instrument cluster.
3. Replace the light bulb located on the back of the panel (removed in step 2).
4. Reinstall the instrument panel (removed in step 2).
5. Reinstall the panels on the left and right of the steering column.
Here are the details:
FIRST - Disconnect the battery. Be careful to locate the radio
security code and radio station memory locations before you disconnect
though. I chose to disconnect the ground (black wire) from the battery.
Be careful to put the cable away from the battery terminal.
Step 1: Undo the panels to the left and right of the steering column.
a. Put on your parking break. You'll want to prevent the car from moving because you will soon put the car in gear.
b. Put your keys and turn to the starting position (but don't try to start the car). This allows the gear lever to move.
c. Move the gear shift to lowest gear. This puts the gear shift lever to
a place nearly out of the way of the panel so that you can pry it out.
d. Using bare hands, pull smartly on the plastic edge closest to the
steering wheel. Pry out the panels by hand as they are both held by
tabs. This is hardest to do the first time. Keep in mind that these are
pieces of plastic, so be careful. Once panels are out, let them dangle.
You only need access to the instrument panel screws.
Step 2: Remove the panel that encloses the instrument cluster.
e. Remove the 8 screws that keep the instrument cluster panel in place.
o Two on left of steering wheel
o Two on top of instrument cluster (upside-down)
o Four on right side of steering wheel
f. Wiggle/pry out the instrument cluster panel. Be careful as the center
is held in stronger than the sides. In addition to screws, there are
different tabs that assist in holding this in place.
g. Before removing the instrument cluster panel, disconnect the clock
and emergency light electrical connectors. While the clock connector
disconnects easily, the emergency light has a locking tab that needs to
be pushed in to disconnect. I used a small screwdriver to push in the
tab to get the connector to disconnect.
h. Remove the instrument panel. Turn it over and locate the clock's protective cover.
i. Open the clock's protective cover by loosening the tabs. Be very gentle to these tabs.
j. Once the cover is removed locate the light bulb.
Step 3: Replace the light bulb located on the back of the panel (removed in step 2).
k. Unscrew the light bulb and remove.
l. Install the new light bulb. Check the light bulb before you install
it. Be careful when rotating the new light bulb. in place. I've read in
other posts that the light bulbs are VERY sensitive. I used a small
screwdriver with plastic on the head to screw the light bulb. in.
m. Replace the clock's protective cover.
o. Reconnect the clock and emergency light's electrical connectors.
Step 4. Reinstall the instrument panel (removed in step 2).
p. Fit the instrument cluster panel back into it's original position. Be
careful with the fan vents. I suggest aligning the fan vents first,
then fitting the panel.
q. Screw in the 8 screws that keep the instrument cluster panel in place.
Step 5. Reinstall the panels on the left and right of the steering column.
r. Push both panels back into place.
s. Move the gear shift lever back to park.
t. Remove the car key.
u. [Optional - disengage the parking brake]
LAST - Reconnect the battery.
TEST - Reinsert your keys and turn them to the starting position (but don't start the car). The clock light should light up.
Note: Because the power has been reset, you will need to enter the factory stereo code and reset your radio stations.
It sounds to me like you may have a defective dimming switch. Are the instrument cluster lights working as they should? Do they dim/brighten with the dimmer? If the instrument cluster is working OK, then it could be an internal problem in the radio unit itself. Your panel lights are computer controlled. The processor in the instrument panel controls them. It uses a digital signal to "tell" the radio to either dim or brighten its lights. If the radio is failing to do so, the radio is the most likely cause since the lights work on "full power" which is also commanded through the same data lines. (this eliminates the signal from the cluster and the connection through the data lines.)
My reverse lights went out as well on my 98. There is a sensor that engages the backup lights when the car is put in reverse. It is located under the battery and it is a pain to get to, but we were able to locate it and correct the sensor where it would engage the reverse lights. This is likely the cause of your problem as well. You will probably need a dodge neon repair manual if you don't have one, if you want to locate the sensor yourself, or better yet, just let a mechanic pull the battery and do all the boring stuff for you. I would suspect the charges would be nominal. As far as your instrument panel, that happened to me as well. I pulled the dash off and removed the entire instrument panel and cleaned all the connections with electrical contact cleaner, available at auto parts store. This corrected my problems with the instrument panel. I can also highly recommend not whacking your dashboard when your instrument panel doesn't work, as it can cause your car to completely shut off! Learned that one the hard way! Hope this helps.