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02 Grand Am Gt Instrument lights dont work

Guage lights, Window Controll Lights, Ac Controll lights, And Shifter lights. All waring and overhead lights work. i have checked all fuses under hood and on both passenger and driver side doors with a circuit tester , i have also checked the bulbs in the back of the cluster

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  • kyleallen500 Jan 12, 2009

    i have cheked the dimmer all cables are pluged in. the over head lights turn on when the dimmer is clicked all the way, i was looking at a wiring diagram and their is a single fuse all the way in the back of my dash just cant seem to find it i took out the radio, air bag, glove compartment, ac and still could not see it.

  • kyleallen500 Jan 30, 2009

    ok i have bought a new dimmer switch and hooked it up but still nothing, where do i go from here?

  • Anonymous Feb 19, 2009

    I have the same problem except my fog lights don't work also. This all started after I pulled out and cleaned my multifunction switch on the steering column. Could I have bumped a wiring harness and unplugged the dimmer or could I have shorted something out? I've checked all the lighting related fuses. How do you get to the dimmer?



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  • sam_1978 Feb 19, 2009

    I have the same problem except my fog lights don't work also. This all started after I pulled out and cleaned my multifunction switch on the steering column. Could I have bumped a wiring harness and unplugged the dimmer or could I have shorted something out? I've checked all the lighting related fuses. How do you get to the dimmer?

  • herb Jan 24, 2012

    its the dimmer switch, run a jumper wire from yellow wire to grey wire behind wiring harness connecter and they will come on, this was on a 2000 grand am

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This is caused by your dash light "dimmer" either going bad, or coming un-plugged due to recent work (like stereo or alarm installation usually).. if it is unplugged - plug it in, if it is plugged in, order one from the dealer or just get one from a wrecking yard. If you have had a new stereo installed right before this happened, make sure to have them also check their wiring.

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    Josh Crager Jan 12, 2009

    humor me... Just go get a dash light dimmer switch and plug it in - It can still turn the dome light on and off when the dimmer is bad, because that is a whole other set of contacts. the reason your lights are not lighting is because the circuit is not complete due to the variable resistor inside the dimmer switch being burned. I have seen this several times in the 17 years i have been working on automotive electrical systems. It is a typical failure on grand ams and grand prixs...

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