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What could be the problem if the instrument cluster lights are out and the fuse is not bad?

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2005-09-27 03:39:59
2005-09-27 03:39:59

I would check the headlamp dimmer ; it is possibly fried.

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This could be a instrument cluster problem. See other questions in here on Instrument cluster check out/removal and replacement

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check the dome light fuse that could be the problem.......or interior fuse Instrument lights.

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On your dash, to the right of the headlight switch, is a dimmer wheel switch for your dash lights. Check to make sure that hasn't been rotated all the way down. The owner"s manual lists the following fuses in the fuse panel on the driver's end of the dash ( visible with driver's door open) in location # 11 - 7.5 amp - instrument cluster in location # 15 - 7.5 amp - instrument cluster in location # 33 - 15 amp - instrument cluster/DRL module/headlamps or bulbs no good.

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Tough to say. Cadillacs typically have a dimmer switch located to the left of the steering column on the dash. A positive wire goes from the fuse box to the switch, then another wire goes from the switch up to the instrument cluster. You might try disconnecting the instrument cluster and see if the fuse still blows when you turn on the lights. If so, it might mean a wire is shorting to ground somewhere between the fuse and the instrument cluster. If not, it might mean there's a short somewhere in the instrument cluster assembly. Nothing much to do except follow wires and look for any fouling or damage that might be the cause. Also, miss-matched after market lights installed in the instrument panel might be pulling more amps than what was originally intended by OEM design. That could blow the fuse as well. Good luck.

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It sounds like a wiring issue. There could be a loose wire on the instrument cluster, on behind the fuse block.

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