I have a 1998 VW Golf GL - The dashboard lights (Green) no longer illuminate my instrument cluster, they do however occasionally comeback on, but if my car goes over a bump or if the dash knocked they turn back off, as well as some of my center console instruments (AC, Blower, Rear De-frost etc.). It's not a blown fuse or bad light switch.
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The last time I fixed a problem like this it was a bad connection on the back of the instrument cluster. I found it by working in my garage in the dark. I removed the cluster and wiggled wires with the lights turned on, until I found the trouble spot. I then took a pencil eraser to connections in the area, then cleaned it with alcohol. Put it back together and all was well again. best of luck!
do the gauges still work? if they do then it might be a loose wire for the illumination bulbs, or the bulbs are burnt out which will need to be replaced. If the intire cluster doesn't work then check fuses and relays and remove the instrument cluster and make sure the wire connector to it had no cuts and is tight.
Difficult to explain step by step. You need yo remove the instrument cluster. If youre technically minded its not very hard, start by loosening the Phillip"s head screws that is visible on the panel directly under the instrument cluster, give it a try!
Not sure what model your car is,but try checking the two oil sender units,one located onthe side of the cylinder head[gearbox side]and the other on the oil filter housing.Also have a mechanic check oil pressure,should be+-2bar pressure at idle.If everything checks out,including the wiring,try another instrument cluster..Good luck
As with everything else electrical check your fuses first. If you don't have a map of your fuse box just pull them out one at a time and check them.. blown ones will be easy to spot. If all the fuses are good, check the dimmer knob for your interior lights (roll it back and forth a few times) If the lights come on at one certain spot but go out again, it's the dimmer gone bad. If they don't come on at all pull the switch out and check for power with a test light. If power bad dimmer... if still no power bad headlight switch.... Hope this helps...;-)
On Cabriolet with an air bag, disconnect the negative battery cable
and wait at least 20 minutes for the back-up power supply to discharge.
Make sure no one is in the vehicle when connecting the battery.
Unintended deployment of the air bag can cause serious or fatal injury.
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Remove the gear shift knob and boot and remove the center console.
Remove the steering wheel.
Remove the knee bar from below the dashboard.
Remove the steering column support bracket and lower the column.
Pull the knobs off the heater controls and remove the control assembly and the radio.
the headlight switch and switch blanks to gain access to the screws.
Remove the instrument cluster and trim panel around the cluster.
Remove the glove compartment.
At the firewall, remove the plastic tray and remove the 2 nuts holding the top of the dashboard.
.Remove the main fuse panel and disconnect the plugs at the back. Disconnect the ground wires.
any remaining wiring from the dashboard and remove the 4 last screws; 1
at each end and 1 at each end of the instrument cluster area. Remove
Fit the dashboard into place and start all 4 screws, then tighten them.
Install the fuse panel and connect the wiring.
Secure the steering column into place.
Install the switches and instrument cluster.
Install the heater controls and radio.
Install the console and connect all wiring.
Connect the battery to test the electrical system.
Install the steering wheel, knee bar and all remaining components.