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I can't get the manual dimmer to dim

The auto dimmer isn't wired correctly in my car, but I can't get the manual dimmer to work either...

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2006 Chevy Silverado 5.3 Code B2610


DTC B2610
Circuit Description
The body control module (BCM) receives a variable voltage signal from the instrument panel (I/P) dimmer switch requesting to illuminate the illumination lamps to a desired intensity. When this occurs, the BCM directly sends a variable voltage based on the I/P dimmer switch position on the instrument panel lamps dimming supply voltage circuit, instrument panel lamps dimming control circuit, and the LED dimming signal circuit.
Voltage for the instrument panel lamps dimming supply voltage circuit, instrument panel lamps dimming control circuit, and the LED dimming signal circuits is from the TBC 2 A fuse in the instrument panel fuse block directly through the BCM to these circuits.

1
Did you perform the Diagnostic System Check - Vehicle?
YES - Go to Step 2
NO - Go to Diagnostic System Check - Vehicle in Vehicle DTC Information
2
Is the TBC 2 A fuse in the instrument panel fuse block open?
YES - Go to Step 3
NO - Go to Step 4
3
Test the instrument panel lamps dimming control circuit for a short to ground. Refer to Circuit Testing and Wiring Repairs in Wiring Systems.
Did you find and correct the condition?
YES - Go to Step 11
NO - Go to Step 8
4
Test the instrument panel lamps dimming supply voltage circuit and the instrument panel lamps dimming control circuit for an open, high resistance, short to voltage or short to ground. Refer to Circuit Testing and Wiring Repairs in Wiring Systems.
Did you find and correct the condition?
YES - Go to Step 11
NO - Go to Step 5

Are you confused yet ? The info above is a Chevy factory repair manual diagnostic flow chart for DTC B2610 . Your best bet would be to take your vehicle to a qualified repair shop .

Aug 14, 2016 | Cars & Trucks

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THE LOW BEAM WORK BUT THE HIGH BEAM DON'T DASH LIGHTS VERY DIM


YOUR DIMMER SWITCH HAS SHORTED OUT CAUSING IT TO STAY IN THE CLOSED POSITION THE DIMMER SWITCH OR ACTUTATOR IS LOCATED UNDER THE STEERING WHEEL PANEL JUST ABOVE THE BRAKE PEDAL ON THE COLUME CALL OR GET ON LINE TO AUTO ZONE AND LOG ON AND YOU CAN GET A PRICE CHECK FOR A DIMMER SWITCH ACTUATOR LISTED UNDER PARTS REPLACEMENT IN THE ELECTRICAL SECTION

Mar 27, 2014 | 2003 Cadillac CTS

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I have a 1988 ford thunderbird 5.0 auto trans the electronic instrument panel cluster has gone dim can hardly see panel all fuses are good has auto dim head lamps


Usually a problem with the mini-lights inside the cluster, the circuit board or the dash light dimmer switch.
You can take the cluster out and see if the bulbs can be replaced or check the dimmer.
Not connected to automatic dimmer headlights.

Jun 28, 2012 | 1988 Ford Thunderbird

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Dimmer does not work


A 3-way light switch needs 3 wires for both switches to work correctly. If there is only 2 wires on the switch, its not a 3-way. Only two black wires on the switch means it can be wired either way. The power and light leads are inter changeable. If you really need a 3-way switch, be sure it is labeled as that on the box and look for 3 connections on the switch its self. Else, try a switch rated for a higher amperage.

Nov 30, 2011 | Leviton Rotary Dimmer 6683-i Ivory 3-way...

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Can I use a GE 18021 Dimmer Switch to slow down a loud vibrating fan in my 15 year-old non-variable-speed humidifier?


No, there are two issues:

1) There isn't a good way to wire the dimmer to the fan without simulatenously wiring it to the other components within the humidifier - dimming electronics that are not designed to be dimmed is just asking for trouble.
2) The problem with fans is that they can lock up - and when they do, they can pull an excessive amount of current out of whatever switch/dimmer is controlling it. The devices need to be rated to handle that excessive in-rush, and it would annihalate a basic rotary dimmer.

Sep 11, 2011 | GE 18021 Dimmer Rotate OnOff Single Pole 1...

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Need to hook this up to a lutron eco-t528-277-2 ballast which only has a hot,dimmed hot and neutral


If I understand correctly, you have Leviton florescent dimmer

And you want to connect dimmer to Lutron ECO-series ballast

This is the ballast with 3 wires: Hot dimmed, Neutral and Hot
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Is this your dimmer???? Has Black, White, Red, Yellow-red, & Orange

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Here's how to do it:
Dimmer yellow-red is not used except for 3-way switch >> cap it off with wire nut
Dimmer orange wire connects to ballast Dimmed Hot
Dimmer red wire connects to ballast Hot
Dimmer white wire connects to ballast Neutral

Those are your wires going to ballast. As you can see, you need 3 wires going to florescent fixture

Next, let's focus on Dimmer:
Dimmer green wire goes to bare ground wire
Dimmer black wire connects to Hot from breaker box (we'll test for that next)
Finally the Dimmer white wire connects to ballast Neutral as discussed above BUT is also has to connect to Neutral from breaker box

This means the Dimmer white wire is connected to 2 wires >> one wire goes to florescent fixture and the other wire comes from breaker box


So which wires come from breaker box??
It should be a black and white wire.
Let's test to find Hot and Neutral that come from breaker box.

Mark your wires.
Disconnect all the wires and separate from each other
Turn on power
Use ordinary tester
Tape tester leads to wood sticks so hands stay away from electricity
Power is on
Test each wire to bare copper wire
When tester lights up, that is Hot from breaker box ... this wire connects to Dimmer black wire
Now, test the hot wire to each of the other wires
When tester lights up, that is Neutral wire ... this wire connects to Dimmer white wire, and also connects to Ballast neutral.

Connect one wire at a time, and it will work.

Oct 04, 2010 | Leviton Decora Light Dimmer Switch

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3 way dimmer turns on and off, but does not dim


All your wiring looks good. Many times dimmer just have problems and are faulty. You should note that the dimmer can only handle 600 watts. If you have that or more on it, than you have probably fried the dimming mechanism. In either case the dimming mechanism is not working properly and you will have to take it back and get the same dimmer or a different one. Tell the store they sold you a faulty dimmer and you can get a replacement at no cost.

May 29, 2010 | Lutron Dvsc-603p Diva 3-way 600w Dvsc603p...

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CHEVY 1500 TRUCK HEADLIGHTS TURN OFF WHEN YOU TURN ON SWITCH


If you have replaced the switch, and it is still doing it it sounds like you definately have a short somewhere in your wiring. On the other hand if the dimmer is in the turn signal arm ( forward bright back dim ) the problem could also be there in the dimmer switch, such as a short being caused by that dimmer switch being faulty.Auto Zone and Discount Auto Parts both test a lot of your electrical problems for free, and/or may have some knowledge to more accurately pin point the problem. Not sure about Pep Boys or some of the other discount auto part chains.

Nov 18, 2008 | 1999 Chevrolet K1500

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Dim Display


On newer stereos, you might have to experiment with the "panel" wire.

I just installed a VR3, and discovered that the more voltage on the "panel" wire, the dimmer the display.

With no connection, you get full (daytime) brightness. With full voltage, you blank the display.

I wired mine up to the car's instrument lights through a 10Kohm trim resistor so I could adjust the "night" intensity. But if I dim the car's instrument lights, the stereo gets brighter. Oops.

Older car -- I can't just flip a software bit. ;)

But I gather a lot of new stereos are like this. The display on my (factory) stereo in the Mitsu dims a fixed amount when the lights come on, but doesn't adjust with the car's instrument dimmer.

Sep 23, 2007 | Car Audio & Video

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