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Why are the dash lights not turning off after it's turned off?

When i turn my van off, the dash lights and the buttons on the door stay on. I have a master disconnect switch connected to the battery because it drains my battery everyday, but its such a hassle, with two kids, to lift the hood and flip the switch. is there anyone that would help me figure out which wire it is so i can fix it, PLEASE!

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  • Bill Erickson Apr 11, 2015

    Does the dimmer function work on the light switch? If it doesn't then replace the switch. If it does, then you need to take it in. It could be your instrument cluster, which is the brain of your electronics.

  • Bill Erickson Apr 11, 2015

    The light switch pulls out like this if you need to replace it. I can't tell you what wire to disconnect your lights that are staying on because it is related to other systems. Sorry. But I am happy to help you try to get through this without paying a mechanic if we can!

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One area I would also look at is the dimmer switch for the interior lighting. Is it possible that it has an option that allows you to turn on your interior lights ? Perhaps it is in that position. Try turning that dimmer down till you can't see the dash lights anymore.

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Have the light module checked / replaced

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When I had a similar problem with an old farm truck (of course mine was older and simpler), my entire electrical system failed. Instead of re-wiring the whole thing - not worth it anyway, wasn't street legal by any standards. I just took a pile of toggle switches and hardwired the essentials to them. One for lights, bush lights, fuel pump, starter, and winch. Don't misunderstand me, I'm not suggesting you do the same, but have you considered running an alternate power line and/or using a switch to kill the power to the dash when it's not in use? If you do either, remember to mind the fuse panel. If you're not going through it, (bypass) then don't forget to put an in-line fuse joiner into the wires. Check the owners manual to see how many other things run on the same fuses as the dash. At the very least, you could a toggle switch on the dash to control the "master switch". It would sure save time and effort having to pop the hood every time you drive. Hope some of that helped. Grimm

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BCM module reprogramming might help

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    BCM module reprogramming might help

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Does anything else stay on? The radio? Parking lights? Dome light?

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

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    no nothing else is on

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