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Old 11-21-2012, 08:17 PM   #1
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Instr Panel lights - ground issue?

Removed dash to run some wires for new KC Hilites. Re-installed and all worked good. Sons pulled back off a couple times to replace a stereo and nw we have no dash lights. Blinkers and low gas lights work. Any suggestions?

BTW - have used this forum for years and never had to post. Wealth of information here. Thanks for all your posts.
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:08 PM   #2
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Although I tested yesterday and lights worked, still unable to get the instrum panel to light up. Pulled off dash and reinstalled, pulled out stereo. If I pull the light switch partially out - just before parking lights turn on - I get dash lights. All the way out - no go. Thinking ground or bad rheostat.


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Old 11-21-2012, 11:25 PM   #3
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My first guess would be a bad ground. Not totally sure about that though.

When I pulled my dash off a while back I accidentally turned the headlight switch to the right dimming my dash lights nearly all the way. In all the years of owning my Jeep I had never realized that it even had a way to dim the lights. I spent days trying to figure out the problem only to find I twisted the dimmer down. Sorry don't mean to hijack just thought it was kinda funny.
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:30 AM   #4
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Yep - tried that

Read through some posts and it seems you're not the only one to go through that Sort of like when I installed the KC Hilites and buttoned it up - one light didn't work. Helps if you connect all the quick connects

I've found a good quality switch for under $20. I'll try that and post results. But if anyone else has any ideas - feel free to share.
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:54 PM   #5
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Well heck

Good news, bad news....

After discovering that the rear running lights weren't working (front running and all blinkers worked - didn't think about checking rear running), my younger son could wait to research further and pulled the #1 fuse. It was fried. Replace the fuse and everything works.

Bad news? Well we pulled the dash back off and did all kinds of troubleshooting and online searching - only to find out it was a fuse! We had checked one fuse but not the one that counted!

Oh well - valuable lesson learned. And my son got the glory, so he goes to bed tonight with a feeling of accomplishment.
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