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Hello, Im a US Marine and dont know alot about automotive but Im not completly numb... My father in-laws 2003 4x4 dodge pick has been blowing fuse #18 which when blown or removed the dash lights go out... the Instrument cluster still works but no dash lights.... put in a fuse an watch her blow... disconect the battery replace the fuse reattach battery and it blows.....Sounds like a short to me... Are the lights built into the instrument cluster... he was told he needs to buy a whole new cluster to solve the problem.... over $800 dollars at the dealership..... this sound like a scam....

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That fuse also supplies illumination to the radio, hvac controller, cup holder and cigarette tray. I think the best thing to do is start unplugging each one of these until the fuse stops blowing. Then plug the last think in that you unplugged to make sure that makes the fuse blow. If you suspect the instrument cluster start with that first.

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