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When driving my 1996 olds aurora at night, my dashboard and back lights do not come on, only the headlights, after driving between 10 to 20 minutes,, they pop on can you help me

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The problem could be in the rheostat that controls how bright the dash lights are on. It has a resistor that absorbs heat. However there are so many different things that can cause this, I would take it to a pro and let them diagnose.

Posted on Aug 17, 2009

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