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Old 10-22-2008, 11:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dash/radio lights off when headlights on?

The other day I start up my car in my work parking garage and notice there's no dash lights on, and the radio display is off as well. The auto lights were on though. When I turned them, off the Radio light comes back on, as well as the info display on the RPM guage with the Boost, etc.

What givess? Turns headlights off, radio and info display light up; turn the headlights on, and they go off. The other dash lights -- the guage lights -- never come on at all. When the radio light is off, the radio still works: I can hit the power button and the radio starts playing, etc, I just can't see anything.

It makes it a bit freaky to drive at night, as I have no gauge, radio, or info display lights. Any thoughts?
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dash light fuse
thhe displays have more than 1 feed so they would work with lights off.
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also check the dimmersetting.
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Sounds like your left knee is turning the dimmer roller.
Crank that all the way up and it should resolve the issue.
This is next to the fog light switch on the dash to the left and below the steering wheel
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Old 10-23-2008, 03:58 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Definitely played with the dimmer wheel...no luck there. I'll check fuses.
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I just noticed in the last two days that my headlights and gauge lights are on all the time. Day or night. Any ideas? The switch is in auto
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I wouldnt think it is a fuse if it is on sometimes.... Hmmmm.... Let us know what you find out.. SkyBaby
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Mine does the same sometimes i just haven't taken it in yet to be looked at. I am not touching the dimmer it just seems sometimes when i start it in a dark area the dash / radio lights don't come on. I turn off the auto headlights and turn them back on and everything is back to normal.

So take comfort Snuber it isn't just you.
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Mine does the same sometimes i just haven't taken it in yet to be looked at. I am not touching the dimmer it just seems sometimes when i start it in a dark area the dash / radio lights don't come on. I turn off the auto headlights and turn them back on and everything is back to normal.

So take comfort Snuber it isn't just you.
Unfortunately in a few days I haven't been able to rectify the problem. I've tried flipping the auto lights on and off but it doesn't help. I guess it's off to the dealership. Too bad the convenient one near me closed down...grrr!
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I just noticed in the last two days that my headlights and gauge lights are on all the time. Day or night. Any ideas? The switch is in auto
Anything on your dash covering the sensors. Looks like a marble stuck in your dash close to window on driver's side.
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Anything on your dash covering the sensors. Looks like a marble stuck in your dash close to window on driver's side.
My dash lites are on during day and off at nite
the dimmer switch has no function
the fuse looks ok
at nite radio works but no lite
the sensor on dash .... that little thing by windshield is clear
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I just picked Jade up once again and the dash lights are doing odd things on and off just coming home the 2 hour drive... My Sky has been in the shop more than it has been out of the shop . I will be taking her back sooner vs later... Just when I think.. ok.. MAYBE this time.. but nope.. never.... SkyBaby
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Dash/Radio lights off

The last 2 mornings when I started my car in the garage the dash and radio lights didn't come on. I drove to work and parked the car and shut the engine off. I restarted the car and the lights came back on. Freaky, I didn't touch anything. The radio display does show when the car is off, but not when I start it...Jack
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The last 2 mornings when I started my car in the garage the dash and radio lights didn't come on. I drove to work and parked the car and shut the engine off. I restarted the car and the lights came back on. Freaky, I didn't touch anything. The radio display does show when the car is off, but not when I start it...Jack
Mine did the same thing but I discovered that it was the dash light control wheel on the dash located at the lower left of the steering wheel. It is not very visible and easily moved when you get into the car. I discovered that I have inadvertently moved this several times without knowing it.
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Just last night I did the same exact thing.
I must have done it during the day, first trip at night everything was dim.
It's easy to hit with your knee.
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