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2000 XJ dash lights

OK I too have a dash light problem. Installed a new switch from Jeep problem solved for 3 days. Then dash lights out again. Headlights, running lights and brake lights are fine. Turning signals flash on instrument cluster and ODO and all other gauges work.. Put another fuse in then removed the radio, popped another fuse. removed heater control, fog light/rear wiper/defroster panel then the lights stayed on the dash. Plugged each one in one at a time trying to isolate the problem. Now everything works... For how long I do not know. The last time the lights went out I was turning left and had just let off the brake if that helps. Can't seem to find a rhyme or reason. Yet

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  • mericman Oct 08, 2009

    I agree with your diagnosis and Persistence it will have to be. It just sucks. They are still working today after doing the wiggle test and reinstalling. No hard core evidence as to the problem yet. I will post if I find the answer. Thanks

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From your description it would appear you have an intermittent short to ground on the dash light power circuit.
It may be as simple as wire insulation being cut on a sharp metal edge, or the supply being shorted by a loose metallic object (such as a nut or washer) in a connected assembly.
Check any external wiring for damage - such as connection to foglights etc.
There is no easy fix here -just persistence.

Posted on Oct 07, 2009

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