Hey, I am working on a 1998 Firebird that the dash lights and running lights are not working. the brake lights work ok...any ideas? it does blow the 20amp fuse as soon as you install it on the running lights.
Re: 1998 Firebird dash light and running lights...
There is a module under the dash that controls the Daytime Running lights or DRL. It might have something to do with it. You can find some more info here:http://www.chrisnovoa.com/166_camarofirebird-drl-module-color-codes
Also all that lighting goes thru the headlight switch. Try unplugging it and putting the fuse in. If it still blows its probably the module.
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sounds like a headlight switch short let me know ok tellme whas up hey change the drl relay first dont buy onr go to the under hood fuse box look at the drl relay switch with same relay from diff spot let me know ok tell fixya bout me ok