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I have a 1996 saturn sl2, no dash lights working, all fuses are good, where else can i look

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Couple things to check. The dimmer switch may have failed open. Try moving the adjustment back and forth to see if the lights flicker. If you understand rheostats, perhaps you can test the dimmer.
You can also check the back of the instrument panel to make sure the connector for the lights is still connected. Also, make sure your parking lights are coming on OK. If not, the problem is propbably the relay in the relaybox under the hood. If you have more questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

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  • timoteo811 Nov 23, 2010

    I have a 2000 SL and have a similar but odd problem. When the car is off the dash lights work and the dimmer works but not entirerly linear dim to bright settings.
    However when I start the car the dash lights turn off. The radio dims to the dimmest setting and the running lights are working properly. Had the multi switch replaced and have the same issue. Can the dimmer switch be eliminated from the curcuit to see if it is the problem? Could it be the relay?
    The reason that the multi switch was replaced was since the fuse for the body lights was blowing when it rains- don't know yet if it fixed the problem.
    Thanks for any help!!

  • Jeffrey Turcotte
    Jeffrey Turcotte Nov 23, 2010

    dimmer wiring for 2000 SL


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    Jeffrey Turcotte Nov 23, 2010

    for timoteo811, I have posted your wiring diagram. Your dimmer is integrated to the BCM. You can try shorting the dimmer, but it will not work if the problem is with the BCM. To take the dimmer out of the circuit, pull the connector off and connect the terminals inside the connector with a big paper clip. Wrap the connector with electrical tape and test for results.
    To bypass the BCM entirely, cut the grey wire from the BCM to the fuse panel (wrap the end from the BCM with electrical tape) and connect the fuse panel end back to the brown P/L terminal of the fuse panel. OK?

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