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Instrument panel lights fail to come on when headlights switched on. Any clues? Fuse is OK, dimmer switch connections seem OK.

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One problem may be the orange bulb check. It's located next to the headlight relay on the driver side under the hood next to the fuse box. It's in a covered box too. The soldering gets tiny cracks from age/vibration. Needs to be replaced. Try ebay or your $aab dealer.

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There may be a connector block vibrated off behind the panel or something could have blown bulbs but not fuse.

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