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My dashboard light does not come up.

The dashboard light of my 2003 nissan xterra does not come up when the light switch is turned on. I dont think its been caused by a fuse cause all fuses are intact. please suggest all other possible causes.

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  • ayb_large Dec 30, 2008

    The problem is solved. It was actually caused by the dimmer switch, it was completely turned off. Thanks for your assistance Fixya the best.

  • onaquest6551 Jan 03, 2009

    I have the same problem with mine. the dash backlighting is out along with the heater panel lights, the lights for the drive/reverse and so on, along with the window lights. i checked all of the fuses (both under the steering wheel and under the hood) and it isn't the dimmer switch. the switch is all the way on and up. It seems as though it could be a fuse but im stumped as where it could be. Is there another pannel that im missing or if it is a connection in the dash unit where and how could i get to it so i can fix this?

    Thanks for your time.

  • Anonymous Jan 23, 2009

    I am having the same problem with my 2001 Nissan Xterra.  It's not a fuse and I have messed with the dimmer switch.  All the lights are out behind the meters and air temp controls.  So far "slapping it" has not worked.



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I'm assuming you mean the backlighting that illuminates the dials and clocks?
If so, do all the other lights, such as on the heater panel, and window switches work?
If so it's just a problem with the instrument panel.
Have you tried operating the dashlight dimmer switch? Sometimes if it's left in the same position for a long time the connection gets a bit dirty (like a crackly volume control on a stereo)
So it might be an idea to work it back and forth to see what happens.
Did this happen suddenly? That may indicate a bad connection to the dash unit.
Give the dash a slap above the clock units (you never know, it's worked for me)
It doesn't sound like a serious problem
The bulbs in the dash do gradually "blacken up" and do have to be changed periodically.
But you don't notice until the last one has gone
Please check for ANY other electrical items not working first.
Electricity can do some strange things in cars.
Hope I've been of some help.

Posted on Dec 29, 2008


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