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Old 10-19-2010, 09:01 PM   #1
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need help.. no gauge lights?

need help.. no gauge lights? the gauges work but no lights? if anyone has any info let me know its a 91 sahara. thanks guys...

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Old 10-19-2010, 09:09 PM   #2
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hmm i have a 91 yj, "S" body style, i've had the same problem, the guy that last owned my jeep did a horrible wiring job, so ill hit a bump and lose either my gauge lights(gauges still run accept temp) or my headlights will go out or radio. i just ordered a new instrument panel wiring harness

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Old 10-19-2010, 09:25 PM   #3
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I had this problem on my 88, I used a flashlight and that worked pretty good but it was an easy fix, just turn the dimmer switch to the brightest setting it worked for me

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Old 10-19-2010, 09:33 PM   #4
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thanks guys.. yeah i turned the dimmer all the way up and nothing? horrible. im stealthing at night.
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thanks guys.. yeah i turned the dimmer all the way up and nothing? horrible. im stealthing at night.
well pull your instrument panel off and look for the "broken" wire
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Old 10-19-2010, 10:02 PM   #6
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Could be just a bad dimmer.
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Old 10-20-2010, 08:48 AM   #7
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i had the same problem. It was the headlight control switch.. the one that turns parking and headlights. push it side to side and it might work.
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Old 10-20-2010, 09:10 AM   #8
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Yep had the same problem too and it was the dimmer. Kept working intermittently till finally it didn't work at all.
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Old 10-20-2010, 09:39 AM   #9
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i have this problem as well. its the rheostat (dimmer wheel) they are ridiculous in price so i used a jumper wire to make them work. on the plug that connects to the Rheostat there is a 4 wire connection i believe. you use a jumper wire to go from end to end like, wire 1 connected to wire 4 and the lights will work when you turn your headlights on. now doing this will cut the dimmer switch out of the mix so they will stay on all the way but thats where i had it before anyway. I do not see this as a permanent fix it is just to get you by till you can afford the rheostat. Hope this helps
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i have this problem as well. its the rheostat (dimmer wheel) they are ridiculous in price so i used a jumper wire to make them work. on the plug that connects to the Rheostat there is a 4 wire connection i believe. you use a jumper wire to go from end to end like, wire 1 connected to wire 4 and the lights will work when you turn your headlights on. now doing this will cut the dimmer switch out of the mix so they will stay on all the way but thats where i had it before anyway. I do not see this as a permanent fix it is just to get you by till you can afford the rheostat. Hope this helps
exactly what i did...when I bought my jeep i had no dimmer thus no lights...big PITA.... but with a test light and some guess work i came to the same conclusion... dont need a dimmer now, wont bother looking for one either.

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