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No power to the fuse in the panel none of the gauges, lights or warning lights are working

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SOURCE: No lights work on instrutment panel

Check 2 fuses. Instument lights / panel and also the brake light fuse. Sometimes the brake light fuse blows and you have no dash lights.

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SOURCE: none of the gauges on the instrument panel are

It sounds like one of the communication paths between the ECU and various sensors is open. It could be caused by an open or broken wire in one of the wiring harnesses.

Posted on Jun 26, 2011

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