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probably a crack in the circuit board of the dash panel at the point where it connects to the wiring harness, can usually be repaired by a talented electrical auto tech, or a tv repairman since they have experience with printed circuit boards(which is what the dash panel is). An alternative is to get a replacement dash panel from a junk yard, be sure they check to see if it is cracked, as this is common.
1. Pry all the woods pieces off of by pulling them away from the dash.
2. Use two ford radio removal tools to remove the radio in the marquis. Place one tools inside two of the four holes in the front of the radio, and the other tools in the other two holes,Pull them away from each other and out of the dash board. Disconnect the wiring harness from the back of the stereo.
3. Remove the screw surrounding the radio using a Phillip head screwdriver. Do not forget to remove the two on the other side of the radio.
4. Remove all the screw around the instrument cluster using a Phillip head screwdriver.
5. Use the steering wheel tilt level to tilt the steering wheel all the way down .
6. Gently pry out the dash , making sure to disconnect the two wiring harness behind the dash board panel before pulling it out completely.
Have your radio code before you pull it out with the right radio tool. This pull would involve removing this parts.
Driver side panel
Center top dash board
Defrost switch carrier
Center lower half of dash
So I'd suggest go to your local public library and look for your car manual. It would be either Chiltons or Clymers manual, it's not as precise a Bentley VW Official factory repair manual. Yes it really involves taking all those parts out just to get to the rotary switch.
tray to check fuse and relay. If both are okay. you can change the light bulb in dash board. Just take out the dash board, remove and replace the bulbs. Make sure fuse is okay. Is the signal light works in the dash board?. Let me know
The brake light switch is located up under the dash board where the brake pedal lever connects to its pivot point, follow the brake pedal up and under the dash with aflash light or droplight get on your back and look up under the dash near the brake pedal lever you will see a switch that has wire plug going to it remove the plug and and nuts snd bolts holding switch on, this switch may just have a locknut on a threaded shaft loosen locknut and unscrew the switch that screws into its support brack ( NOTE; before removing mark the threaded rod part of switch with a sharpy or magik marker for reference purposes during installation of new switch the new switch must be adjusted to the right depth for the switch to activate at the correct point of pedal application.
You can probably avoid removing the dash to replace this get under and start dissasembling to find out for sure you should avoid taking that dash out if at all possible they are a real pain - good luck
What year is this vehicle? It might have an ambient light sensor that has failed if it's 90's+,but older it's most likely the dimmer switch. If it's early 80's you should be able to replace it w/o having to removed the dash,just small panel cover nearby.