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Dash lights will not light. Have checked dimmer control turned to max and fuses under dash...All were good.

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You may have overlooked some fuses, check fuse 29 15A in the central junction box. I'm not sure where it is located but if you have an owners manual the fuse box locations should be indicated.

If it isn't a fuse, if all the instrument illumination is out the next most likely culprit is the dimmer switch.

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And where your dimmer switch is, us a stanely knife on the corner and it should pop out.. peice of cake, the dimmer has 2 wires in it so you can take a volts tester to see if it gets current when your head lights are on. Alos if it is getting current only on 1 side you can bypass it for another test by just running a wire from both points.

Does your other dash peices light up like your ac controlls and your clock?
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Get yourself a volts, oms tester and check the dimmer switch 1st.
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