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Re: Interior lights & radio light turns off
Does the car run fine and start fine if you don't turn the head lights on ? The symptoms you describe here suggest a battery that is run down, in need of charging or a faulty battery, however if the same batter starts the car without a problem then you have a much more tricky problem to sort out as it seems your lighting circuit is then producing a direct short on power circuit resulting in nothing working. Do the headlights actually come on when you do this and stay on while every thing else goes off ?
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Do you have a dimmer for interior lamps? Like a rheostat, a little wheel that you turn up or down to brighten or dim interior lamps. Usually the instrument cluster lamps brighten and dim the same way.
Can you brighten and dim the other interior lamps?
You probably already checked this but the simplest solution is the control used to turn on the interior lights and to dim your dash lights. It is a dimmer switch to the right of your headlight switch. If it is turned all the way down then you would have no dash lights and no headlight chime. Turned all the way up it turns on your interior lights. If this isn't your issue and if no fuses are blown then try to turn the dimmer switch all the way up with your headlights on. If the dash lights come on with the interior lights then your switch is fried and you may have a short in the interior light circuit.
It sure sounds like you have a case of "sneak circuits"
These are usually caused by a bad ground somewhere and something is "grounding" through the light bulbs.
Have you changed any wiring or installed a stereo or some other accessory?
You might use a jumper wire and ground the dash and other areas to the negative battery post as a way to find the culprit.
there is a inst lamp fuse, is it OK? the headlight switch controls this. most likely it wili need the isnstrumen dimmer switch replaced.... if the fuses are good and are getting power when the headlight switch is on.
number one when you turn the ignition switch on make sure that the headlights are off the short is in the switch the rehostat in the switch which controls the interior lights are damaged and so the panel gets terribly hot.