Question about 1995 Ford Escort
The lights on my dah have gone yet i don't know which fuse i need to replace, i am not sure if it might not be the bulb. The dash board lights would work some times and not others, if i kept tuning the headlights on and off i could finally ge them to work. I want to try replacing the fuse as a 1st option yet i don't know which symbol is the one for the dash.
would be please if anyone can help
Funny story: I had a similar problem until one day, on the way to work, the fuse blew and the dash just wouldn't light up at all. That's when I found out that the dash light fuse is the same fuse that protects the tail lights. It was too dark to drive without tail lights so I replaced the 15 amp fuse with a 20. It blew too. In desperation, I used a 25 amp fuse (stupid!). Back on the road and five minutes later, I smelled burning electrical wires. By the time I found a safe place to pull over the damage was done... but at least it made it easier for me to notice the problem. I waited for dawn.
In the light, I started tracing the problem. This time I started at the back instead of under the dash. I opened the hatch (it's a wagon) and saw it right away. The wire bundle that feeds the rear door had become quite chewed up from opening and closing for 13 years. I had to cut and splice at least a dozen wires and re-insulate them. Everything was fine after that, even my centre brake light(that hadn't been working for YEARS). I only wish I had checked this BEFORE I threw in that 25 amp fuse. Since everything was shorting out in the tailgate, it really heated up some wires under the dash too. Now my power locks don't work. And I blew all but one of the lights in my dash. Now I HAVE to take the dash out to replace those lights. Argh.
So. Check the fuse (I think it's labeled TAIL LIGHT). But REALLY check that wire cluster to the rear door.
Posted on Oct 05, 2008
Posted on Jul 12, 2008
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