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Head Lights go dim, instrument panel goes dim when I turn on my Headlights

Head Lights go dim, instrument panel goes dim when I turn on my Headlight switch. If you don't turn on at least your parking lights the instrument panel will not illuminate. This is correct, because otherwise your instrument panel would be dark and you would be running only on your "DRL's" (Day time Running Lights). So when I pulled into my garage, I turned on the headlight switch and lo and behold everything got dim. Here is why I think it may be some sort of short.......I left the headlight switch turned on by accident only because the headlights were not on, But the next morning the battery was completely dead, drained. Luckily I own one of those quick shot jump starters! PLEASE if there is someone out there that can help PLEASE.....REPLY!! THANK YOU. MRF$%#)

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    dash lights dim when head lights turned on and head lights are dim

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Does it go completely black or just dim? Most displays dim when you turn the lights on to make the display darker so its not too bright. GPS and other displays do this. Do you have any problems with any other of the car's electronics?

Posted on Oct 17, 2008

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    Head lights went dim, then instrument panel went completely dark, then engine died.

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Headlight Switch

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ The headlight switch controls most of the vehicle's lighting systems. Many complaints concerning the lighting systems can be the result of a faulty headlight switch. For example, dim or no instrument panel lights, dim or no headlights, dim or no parking lights, and improperly operating dome lights can all be caused by the headlight switch.
Dash-Mounted Switches
f36-12.jpg A headlight switch. You'll need to remove the switch to test it. With the switch removed it can be tested for continuity and the connector plug will serve as a test point for the lighting circuits. First test at the connector.
In this procedure the terminals are identified as follows:
  • Terminal B = battery
  • Terminal A = fuse
  • Terminal H = headlights
  • Terminal R = rear park and side marker lights
  • Terminal I = instrument panel lights
  • Terminal D1 = dome feed light
  • Terminal D2 = dome light
Consult the service manual for terminal identification for the vehicle you are working on. If this is not listed in a separate chart, you should be able to identify the circuits from the wiring diagram.
  • Connect the 12-volt test light across terminal B and ground. The test light should light. If not, there is an open in the circuit back to the battery.
f_aee_cc14.19.jpg Testing for battery voltage to the connector. Reprinted with permission of Ford Motor Company.
  • Connect the test light across terminal A and ground. The test light should come on. If not, repair the circuit back to the fuse panel.
  • Connect a jumper wire between terminals B and H. The headlights should come on. If the headlights fail to turn on, trace the H circuit to the headlights. Also check the ground circuit side from the headlights.
  • Connect a jumper wire between terminals A and R. The rear lamps should illuminate. If not, trace the circuit to the rear lights. Also check the ground return path.
  • Connect a jumper wire between terminals A and I. The instrument panel lights should come on. If not, trace the circuit to the panel lights.
The chart below indicates the test results that should be obtained when testing the headlight switch for continuity. use an ohmmeter or a self-powered test light to test the switch.
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On some vehicles it is possible to test the steering column-mounted switch without removing it. The test is conducted at the connector at the base of the column. However, on some vehicles it is necessary to remove the column cover and/or steering wheel to gain access.

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The main light switch gets its 12V input from 7.5A fuse 11 in the central junction box and the same 15A fuse (33) identified above. When the main light switch is set to PARK, 12 volts is routed via the BRN lead to the instrument panel dimming module and module output is applied to the panel illuminating lamps.These lights remain on when the headlight switch is turned to HEAD.

The input to fuse 33 is hot all the time so should read 12V. If you read 12V at the TAN/WHT connection with the fuse out, something is definitely not right. I'm sure you have noted that the fuse is common to the non-functioning circuits you mentioned.

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it sounds like you have a bad connection on the left headlight either the earth or the power wire,check the connector on the headlight bulb plus all the other wiring & connector plugs.....hope this helps.....cheers.

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Well...lets start with the obvious. Check fuses and NEVER piggyback any stereo or security stuff into their fuses...you dont want the lights to shut down during a night drive!!
Check under the hood for a relay center...also has some fuses there as well.

The Daytime Running Lamps are a "straight through wiring configuration". Doubt it even goes through a headlight switch at all.
But the regular lights do.
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Turn the light switch on...looking at the instrument cluster , can you make the high-beam-indicator light come on?
As you rotate the headlight switch knob...does the instrument panel lights brighten or dim? You probably have a faulty headlight switch...auto stores have them...they simply plug in.

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there could be a shorted headlight bulb. have some one check which headlight bulb is not glowing when you turn on the headlights.

that could be the shorted bulb.

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