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Short in fuse panel for dash lights

I need to remove yhe fuse panel to get behind to the wiring. How does it come away from the firewall?

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    I can tell u from 30 years of automotive electrical work that the fuse panel is not the problem.

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I concur, replace the fuse, even if it checks good and clean the connections. If that doesn't work, pull the dash and look for a loose wire. Good luck buddy.

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