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2008 camry dashboard lights don't work when headlights are on

The dashboard lights work when the headlights are OFF but not when they are turned on

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I know sounds simple but look to the left of the steering column for a rotary swith that goes up and down. This is the dimmer switch that can completely turn down or off what lights are on your display. Forgive me if this is not the case.

Posted on Jan 04, 2013

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    sufuri_3 Jan 04, 2013

    i found someone elses post on another site. for the 2008 camry the 'dimmer switch' is the odometer knob. it was turned all the way down so i just had to turn it all the way to the right.

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your cars low beams and high beams are connected to a different fuse. Check the fuse for your lowbeams and instrument panel

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Hello, I read your problem . Here is the deal. Your head light switch is on same circuit that controls your dash lights and gear shift console lights for obvious reasons so you can see them at night when driving. What happens is from driving, bumps , and just normal vibrations some times the bulbs get loose. But I doubt that, I believe it is in the wires that are connected to your head light switch. The wires to your head light switch connect to a type of wiring harness that shoots off to your other lights controlled by your head light switch, like dash lights, running lights, turn signals, breaks etc. Good news is most are going to a fuse that controls them, and normally it will blow a fuse if there is a short in system and most the time newer cars such as your will have engine light or code come up. But in your case sense it only happens now and then it narrows it down to possible three things to check. No 1. Check wires behind headlight switch, most likely it is a loose wire. No 2. Check owners manual for fuse box and see if has separate fuse( most likely does) and check fuse to make sure it is not loose. No 3. Check, if one and two is ok, is bulb is not loose that eliminates panel. That I. Doubt. Conclusion: my opinion is the problem is a wire or plug short from the head light switch that goes into the back of the dash board panel. First with head light on( dash lights) and dark is best to see, is get up under there and start wiggling wires, if it flickers there is your problem, if not then it's more a ground or direct contact not meeting connection, and then have to trace it and replace. Service shop can help you as far as which one, so you can save time from hunting for it. Auto zone is another place can help you as they have online at there stores service manuals to show you if you want to attempt repair your self. I hope this helps and gets you on the right track. Thanks mike from fixya Conclusion: my money's on a short in the wire or plug that goes to the dash light panel.

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The speedometer and odo meter not working relates to faulty speed sensor located on transmission and problem with odo meter cable and gears.But if speed sensor and odometer cables and gears all checked ok, then problem relates to faulty instrument cluster board.Its getting short or the connection to the back of instrument cluster board is loose.--------- The first t5hing to be tried is take the cluster board out and inspect the connections, disconnect the connectors to the back of the cluster board and clean the connections and reconnect it tightly and see if that helps.If not helping then this problem relates to short in cluster board, new cluster board is very costly, but in most cases the cluster board gets easily repaired, the local auto repair parts store have good idea for where to get cluster board repaired.----------------
Also turn signal, cruise control and air conditioner problem relates to different possibilities, in that case the turn signal switch, the wiring's, the cruise control board, fuses/ relay under hood and in the instrument panel fuse box needs to be inspected.----------------
But there are many possibilities for all this problem. If you go troubleshooting each and every possibility it will be time confusing and will cost you high/ heavy to get your problem solved.---------- But there is one good thing in this problems.That good thing is , you have check engine ;light ON.This engine light comes ON , when there is error code stored in cars computer memory.--------- So the best advise is to get the car scanned first.In scanning it will give you few error codes.As per each error code it will point you towards the faulty part that is causing the problem.--------- One more good this is, that at autozone service centers is free to get car scanned.Yes, they dont charge for scanning and giving you error codes, but they charge only for parts and its labor, if replaced from them.Otherwise there is no charge for scanning.So the first thing you can do is get the car scanned. And go from there, towards troubleshooting.----- So as per error code, you can directly look towards that parts only, which are causing the problem.------- This will help.Thanks.Helpmech.

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The sensor inside the tank is defective or covered in goo. Remove the sensor from the tank or remove the tank and flush it clean with hot water and a mild solution of white vinegar, if the sensor still reads the tank is low replace it.

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Test the headlight switch as follows.
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  • 4Press the high beam lever to activate your high beams. Note whether your high beams activate.
  • 5Put your car in "Park." Move to the back of the car. Note whether your parking lights are illuminated.
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