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No instrument panel lights

I have a 1995 Mercury Sable and the headlights come on when I turn the switch , but I have no instrument panel lights or tail lights. I checked the fuses and they are fine. Any other suggestions? I HAVE A 82 CHEVY C10 SILVERADO, PANEL LIGHTS DO NOT COME ON.HEAD LIGHTS, TAIL LIGHTS, TURN SIGNAL, ALL WORK.NO FUSES ARE BLOWN. I REPLACE LIGHT SWITCH AND PLACE NEW BULBS IN PANEL.STILL WILL NOT WORK.CAN ANY ONE HELP ME------THANKS

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  • manyme Feb 12, 2009

    i do not have a dimmer for the instrument cluster lights.i replace the light switch,replace all light bulbs for the instrument cluster.Headlights work, tail lights work,turn signal works,no fuses are blown.

  • manyme Feb 12, 2009

    no dimmer knob,it's one on the light switch,its a new light switch.----thanks---manyme

  • manyme Feb 12, 2009

    which dimmer switch are you talking about.the one in chevy c10 year 1982 is located in the floor.---thanks--manyme

  • manyme Feb 12, 2009

    is there somewhere you can view a electrical lay out of the instrument cluster and fuse block for a1982 chevy silverado---thank you----manyme

  • manyme Feb 14, 2009

    are there any more solution,for no instrument cluster lights for chevy truck 1982 silverado

    thanks---manyme

  • manyme Feb 15, 2009

    my 82 c10 chevy silverado has no panel lights.i have head lights,tail and park lights,brake lights work. turn signal works,i have replace the light switch and all the bulbs in the panel. still i have no dash lights.if any one can help me i will be thankful. MANYME

  • manyme Feb 15, 2009

    MY DIMMER SWITCH IS IN THE FLOOR.

  • manyme Feb 15, 2009

    BIRDMAN 3607 DOES THE DIMMER SWITCH IN FLOOR YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT.---MANYME

  • manyme Feb 15, 2009

    NO DASH LIGHTS FOR MY 82 CHEVY C10 SILVERADO----MANYME

  • manyme Feb 15, 2009

    82 CHEVY DIMMER SWITCH IS MOUNTED IN THE FLOOR, MINE IS NOT LOCATED NEAR THE DASH.I HAVE A NEW LIGHT SWITCH ON IT, YOU COULD USE TO TURN KNOB TO RIGHT OR LEFT TO CONTROL BRIGHTNESS, BUT THEY DO NOT COME ON.THIS CONTROL IS MOUNTED IN THE LIGHT SWITCH.----MANYME

  • John Cole
    John Cole May 11, 2010

    its possible that the back lights for the instrument panels have burnt out or there is a short have you check the wires and make sure there are no wires exposed

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Offhand, I get the impression that the floor dimmer switch is for the hi/lo of the headlights and the dashboard/instrumentation lights has a 2 position switch for brightness level.

If the parklight/tailight work then the light switch is good (aside from being new). This would then indicate either a wiring problem, a loose/burned connector or a no ground for the dashboard/instrumentation lights. Best approach would be with the use of a test light. Test points would be the 2 connections of any of the instrument bulbs. One of which is always connected to the body ground while the other is +12VDC when parklight/headlight are switched on. If on both terminals (with the switch on), there would be voltage, then it is a missing/loose ground. If there would be no +12 reading, then it would be a supply voltage.

Pls perform above test(s) and post back updates. Good luck and thank you for using FixYa.


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Try removing the wires from behind the dimmer and connecting them directly together, if this brings the lights on then you know its the switch.
The switch only increases or reduces voltage to the bulbs, if you connect the wires together then they should be on full brightness.
If this works, may as well just leave it like this, save you cost of switch.
It will do no harm.
TL

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If you are certain that you have no blown fuses then your dimmer switch is bad. The dimmer switch controls off and on functions and dimming of all of the instrument cluster lights. Also, make sure that you do not have the dimmer switch in the off position.
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Hi there
If you have checked the fuses and all is well, none of them are blowing and needing constant replacement, then the problem could be behind the speedometer console itself, like a cable working loose due to vibration. Look under the hood for corroded cables coming from the battery also.

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Check the dimmer.it might be faulty.replace the dimmer to solve this problem.

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On left side there should be a dimmer knob or on the dash some where

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    albert getty Feb 12, 2009

    follow power wire for dash light back to it's sorce if nothing unhooked replace wires

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Replace the dimmer for the instrument lights, they are very prone to failure, the dimmer is the little wheel u turn to brighten or dim the dash and instrument lights after the headlights are on. It is very easy to replace. I am a retired Ford tech and am familiar with this issue.

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    yadayada Feb 12, 2009

    U know you are talking about 2 different cars here, I as giving u instructions for the mercury sable. replace the dash light dimmer switch. it is near the headlight switch.

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