Instrument panel, brake, and parking lights not working '00 Neon
I have a 2000 Dodge neon. Just recently my Brake lights and instrument panel lights started to come off and on intermittently. If I played with the switch long enough they would come back on. I thought I had a little trick figured out. But now I've discovered a greater problem, my parking lights also are out, and now I cannot get any of them to come on. My headlights, fog lights and warning lights still work. I was wondering if anyone may know what was going on or if they have experienced this before. I want to know if it's easy to fix and if not how expensive it is, because so many things need fixing on it now that if it's a lot I may just throw in the towel and get a new car. thanks for any help
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Check the brake fuse in your dash's fusebox. Since the turns work, you know the bulbs are good, unless your Neon has separate brake lights. If the fuse is good, bulbs are good, then check for power at the brake light switch on the upper portion of the brake pedal. Should have 12 volts there all the time. Use a testlight or voltmeter to check. Good luck.
The issue will most likely NOT be dash wiring. Something is still tripped. Most likely is there is a switch that trips when one 1/2 of the brakes fail, like the rear wheel cylinder. Try bleeding brakes, again, including OTHER brakes than the ones that you repaired, allowing this switch to move in the other direction. Watch for the light to go out during this process.
unplug battery then find the horn relay or fuse and replace it it is fine to leave it out till you can get the new one trouble light may appear on instrument panel though while the fuse or relay is missing
Remove lower steering column cover and knee blocker panel from instrument panel.
With the brake pedal fully pressed, rotate the stop lamp switch counter clockwise 27 degrees and remove switch from the mounting bracket.< Just turn Count clockwise until you feel it unlock from its previous location, then pull it towards you>
Disconnect wire connector from stop lamp switch by depressing the lock tabs holding stop lamp switch to mounting bracket and remove switch.
Its recommended to have someone push the brake pedal for you, can be tough to push it while trying to get his out.
Connect the harness connector to the stop lamp switch.
While pressing the brake pedal, insert switch into the keyed hole in the bracket and rotate the switch into the locked position.
Gently pull back on the brake pedal until the pedal will go no further. This will cause the switch plunger to ratchet backward to the correct position. No further adjustment is necessary.
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.
mine was doing that for a while look under the hood in the fuse box and check thoes fuses there is probably one under there blown in my neon it was a 15. aand it controlled the inner dome light and radio...hope i helped you.