Hi Last week the Dimmer in panel board was suddenly off. Rear lights are off. I looked for a blown fuse but all of the are ok. Is there a fuse somewhere inside the panel? The car is a dodge Stratus 99. can you hel p me? Thanks
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If you are talking about the instrument panel and radio lights, one possibility is a broken panel light dimmer rheostat (This is not the same as the headlight dimmer switch). Try turning it to full brightness. If at some point the lights suddenly come on, that's definitely your problem. If the lights don't come on, it could still be broken.
I have seen an older vehicle driven by a person who didn't notice the instrument panel lamps were burning out until the last one went - maybe all you have to do is replace all of the bulbs. :)
Also, check the instrument panel fuse. If it's blown, you'll have to track down the wiring problem that caused the fuse to blow. Merely replacing the fuse is just asking for the problem to happen again at the worst possible moment - such as on a dark road on a dark night where there is a known speed trap, when you're low on fuel, and suddenly you're unable to see either the speedometer or the fuel gauge.
It is possible that there is a blown fuse. However, did you check to see that the panel light dimmer switch is not turned down? The panel lamps on your vehicle are actually controlled by the Body Control Module (BCM). There are several fuses that supply power to the BCM. If your panel light dimmer switch is not turned down, you will need a scanner to find out what is wrong with your panel lamps.
If you have a blown fuse you need to find out WHY it is blown! Simply replacing it WILL NOT fix your vehicle.
The fuse should be located in the main chassis fuse panel, on the drivers side, beneath the dash area. Look for a removable panel of some sort. I believe the dash lights may be on the same circuit as your tail lights. If your tail lights still work, you might not have a blown fuse. Check to make sure you don't have the dimmer switch turned all the way down. A lot of people never use their dimmer switches and completely forget about them until the lights inadvertently get turned all the way down. If it's not the fuse or the dimmer, you may have a bad headlight switch or other wiring issue.
this either a fuse that bew or your dimmer switch that makes the lights brighter and dimmer on the dash is turned down all the way if the fuse is good and it's nit turned down all the way then the bulbs are all blown or the dimmer switch is bad