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Old 04-22-2003, 09:31 PM   #1
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Default Dash Lights (Instrument Panel) Not working

OK so I installed the new motor assembly for my car and now I noticed that the left half of the Instrument Panel is not working, at first none of it at all was on, so i hit the dash lightly and the right side lit up. I have been toying around with what I can see without pulling the whole dash apart, I can not see anything disconnected, all bulbs are in fine order. Any ideas> I did drop the wratchet once and I am thinking it might have hit something, unfortunately I do not know anything about the assembly or workings of this part of the car to be able to easily trouble shoot it.

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Old 04-22-2003, 09:38 PM   #2
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Sounds like they is a short in the system somewhere but I wouldnt even know where to begin my SL2 did this for awhile

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Old 04-22-2003, 09:52 PM   #3
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The biggest issue is the fact that in order to see the lights it has to be dark, if it is dark I can not see what I am working on. I could work on it quickly during the day but not be able to see it, I could see it well during the night but not be able to work on it well.

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Oh WIPER MOTOR assembly...took me a minute to remember..when you pryed off the dash pad you may have disturbed the single electrical connctor for the dash lights or jarred the plug. Pop the pad back off and reach behind the exposed cluster and make sure all the BIG and LITTLE connectors are still on tight.

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so I am guessing that the two wires running from the right side, where the wiring harness starts, to the left may be loose on the back. I hope this isnt going to be difficult, I have large hands so tight spaces are not fun, you should have seen me get my hands in behind the defroster.

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ok figured it out, I got two lights working and then I pulled the third and moved one of the working bulbs to its place, the bulb was blown, the middle bulbs filament is barely touching, so it is technically blown but tapping it while the bulb is hot causes the filament to catch and light up. So I need 2 new bulbs for the instrument panel.

Where can I get these at? Do I need to go to the dealership, I dont want to go to a junkyard for 2 bulbs, unless they cost 30.00 dollars a piece.

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