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Dash Instrument Panel Lights are dead - gauges work fine

I just installed an aftermarket stereo and installed it correctly (I didn't double-wire the dimmer to the illumination wire, or even hook up the dimmer for that matter) and the stereo works great. After installing the stereo and starting the car, I noticed that my dash lights now do not work. The gauges work fine, but the dash light is out - regardless of the dimmer switch position or my lights being turned on. I didn't put my dash paneling back on in case it's the instrument panel light bulb that's burned out - that way I can replace it easily, but I was curious if anyone had any other avenues of troubleshooting or possible causes/fixes for my issue. Right now I'm thinking it's just the bulb, but it could be a panel fuse I suppose. Any other possibilities?

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  • paultu1985 Jan 21, 2009

    Yeah, taillights still work... so probably not that. Thanks though - I hadn't thought of troubleshooting the fuse that way.

  • hhaynes68 Apr 14, 2009

    I installed an after market stereo in a 96 dodge ram, stereo works great, but when i turn on my headlights my dash light do not turn on and the stereo resets (turn off then back on). I installed the stereo with the appropriate harnesses wired everything up properly I did not connect the dim nor illumination wires on the stereo. Do you think this may be the problem, if so which wire should i connect them to? Switched wire? or P.Cont wire?

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    putting in an aftermarket stereo and the stereo works just fine but the speakers do not have any sound to them even hooking up the right wires and the speakers worked before with the original stereo

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    When this part is on, the instrument panel lights switch/dimmer becomes hot and later on you'll smell it getting burned if you don't turn it off right away. The swtich was replaced twice already but the problem stayed. I think there is an issue other than the switch. What could it be?

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I installed an aftermarket deck in my 91 park ave. Try connecting the illumination wire (i think it's orange) to the power wire (red). That should fix your problem.

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Do you have taillights? most of the time there on the same fuse. also chk. to see if plug is all the way in on your headlight switch.

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