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Old 04-23-2011, 01:02 AM
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Exclamation Instrument cluster is dark. PLS HELP

my insrument cluster has gone out but all the little lights such as hi beams still work. i have checked the fuses and taken apart the dash to look at the bulbs but everything is fine. I dont know what else to check, if any1 has advice please let me know. thanks
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Old 04-23-2011, 02:50 AM
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Default Re: Instrument cluster is dark. PLS HELP

hmm id say replace the all light related fuses

my issue was a fog light related fuse (i had this issue too)
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Old 04-23-2011, 04:11 AM
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my insrument cluster has gone out but all the little lights such as hi beams still work. i have checked the fuses and taken apart the dash to look at the bulbs but everything is fine. I dont know what else to check, if any1 has advice please let me know. thanks
The dash illumination and exterior running lights (except headlights) are usually on the same fuse. The fuse # varies by year but is often found in the fuse/relay box under the hood. Either post the year in this thread or use the link in my signature to look it up in your year owners manual.
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Old 04-23-2011, 11:21 AM
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Its a 2000 v6 3.0
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Old 04-23-2011, 12:03 PM
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2000 instrument cluster backlighting: Fuse #11 in the underhood box
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Old 04-23-2011, 12:06 PM
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haha sure enough that was the one. i checked the fuse box in the car but not the relay under the hood. thanks for the help bud
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Old 04-23-2011, 05:20 PM
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Keep an eye on it because, like I said before, your exterior lights (tails, side markers, license lights, etc.) are all on that fuse too. If it blows again, you'll need to track down the short to ground or whatever is causing it.
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Old 04-24-2011, 02:17 PM
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will do. thanks again
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Old 10-08-2011, 11:19 AM
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Default Re: Instrument cluster is dark. PLS HELP

i have a 95 4.0 doing the same thing, i checked the fuses on the side of the dash and they are all good, the radio lights and the a/c lights all work just not the instrument cluster. could all the bulbs have gone out in the cluster? any help?
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Old 10-08-2011, 11:27 AM
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Default Re: Instrument cluster is dark. PLS HELP

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The fuse # varies by year but is often found in the fuse/relay box under the hood. Use the link in Bob's signature to look it up in your year owners manual
Chances are that your problem is the same, or you could have burnt out all the bulbs at once. However, unless the bulbs burnt out one by one, I highly doubt they all burnt out at once. Check the simple stuff first. Open the hood, find the relay box that should be fairly obvious and near the battery. Go from there.
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Old 10-08-2011, 11:44 AM
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Default Re: Instrument cluster is dark. PLS HELP

i looked at the relays under the hood and i looked in the manual and i dont think any of them had to deal with the cluster, but im sure there has to be a relay for the cluster
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Old 10-10-2011, 05:36 AM
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I looked for a relay and there isn't one. Also called advance auto parts and they don't even list a relay for it. Any other ideas?
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Old 10-10-2011, 06:35 AM
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Old 10-10-2011, 10:28 PM
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Default Re: Instrument cluster is dark. PLS HELP

I fixed it every bulb was blown in the cluster. Couldn't believe it
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:55 AM
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did you make sure the dimmer knob was rolled all the way up?
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