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I have a 2001 Isuzu Trooper with intermittent dashboard illumination lights. The lights behind the speedometer always seem to work, but the ones behind the tachometer and temp/fuel gauge flicker are

I've checked fuses and the illumination dimmer. Pounding on the dash doesn't help. Not sure where to go from here. Oh, the former owner installed a stereo (the lights for that work). Since the lights sometimes work, I don't think that would be the problem.

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    John Bauer Nov 26, 2014

    I took apart the dash and instrument cluster. No loose wires and everything looked ok. Checked the bulbs, cleaned the connectors and put it back together. Same problem. I'm guessing there's a loose ground somewhere but haven't been able to find it. Anyone have suggestions? Thanks for your help.

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Often this kind of problem is caused by s faulty ground connection.

If it uses the common type of 'Christmas Tree' connector, it will have one center screw surrounded by a 'daisy' with petals bent up at an angle and plugs attached to some or all of the 'petals.'

Try tightening the center screw and pull/push back on each connector.

Posted on Nov 20, 2014

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  • Steve Allison
    Steve Allison Nov 24, 2014

    Ground connections are not specific to individual functions but are return path using the body of the vehicle as a conductor so if this system is used, it will have as number of quick-disconnect female plugs pushed on to male tabs.

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