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Where do you look when you keep blowing fuses for the gauge lights each time you turn on the headlights?

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2005-10-27 12:40:58
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it depends on what you drive if its some kind of car under neath the hood on the right side with a box covering it or look below the steering wheel above the collom

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the dash and radio lights are supposed to dim when the headlights come on. Make sure you have the brightness of the dash lights turned up as much as possible.


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They should just dim. By turning the headlights on, the engineers assumed it would be dark. Often there's a knob or wheel on the dash where you can adjust the brightness of your gauge lights.


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As I recall, there is no relay involved in this. When you say dashlight, you mean the lights on the guages when the headlights are on? (gauge illumination) When you say taillights, do you mean the 'running lights' that are on when the headlights are on, or the brake lights? If you are describing both running lights and guage illumination, then that would point to faulty light switch, loose ground wire under the dash, or fault in supply wiring. The gauge illumination has a dimmer module which can be faulty (but very unlikely to affect exterior lights) If one of these is the gauge illumination, and the other is the brake lights, then this would point to a faulty ground wire connection as the supply circuits to these two functions is not common.



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