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Instument panel lights & tailights won't come on with headlights

When I turn on my headlights, my instrument panel lights will not come on. Adjusting the round knob does not help. My tailights also will not come on. Brake lights are fine.

Strangest of all, when I open the car door, the instrument lights DO come on.

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  • raplano Jan 24, 2009

    I don't have a fuse labelled PARK. I checked (and replaced) the fuse labelled "Parking Lights, Taillights" but no luck.

  • raplano Jan 24, 2009

    I should have said I replaced the fuse labelled:

    "Parking Lamps, Taillamps"

  • raplano Jan 28, 2009

    No I recently had the center console off to fix a cigarette lighter. Also note that I called a local Corvette speciality shop and they told me it is a faulty turn signal sub-assembly, and that they see this all the time. That is bad news, since the sub-assembly is going to be about $200 plus labor.

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    instrument panel quit working

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Hello,   check the fuse in the fuse panel labeled PARK this may be it. 
...and also, just a question here, Have you recently had a radio or alarm installed?

Posted on Jan 21, 2009

  • Josh Crager
    Josh Crager Jan 24, 2009

    so no recent work done to the car?

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