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Old 10-23-2003, 06:02 PM   #1
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Exclamation NO dash lights and climate control lights

Hi,
I have done a little research and a little investigation and I can't find the root of this problem I have!

Neither my dash lights (speedo, tach, fuel, factory gauge pack) nor my climate control lights come on anymore!! Now I am not a complete idiot but I am a newbie...I checked the corresponding fuse for those lights and it was blown. So I took a spare fuse (yes the right number) from the main fuse box and replaced the fuse. Then I turn my lights off then on and still no dash lights. Then I checked the new fuse that I had just installed and once it again it was blown. Now I know this means I have a short somewhere but I can't find it and was hoping someone would have a suggestion on where I should start. One last CYA point..yes I know how to operate the dimmer switch and that is NOT the issue either. Thanks in advance for any help!
~Michael
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Old 10-23-2003, 06:10 PM   #2
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Do you have anything else (i.e. aftermarket) connected to the illumination circuit or just the existing factory stuff and the gauges?
You could take off the gauge pod cover and look in there to see if anything is wrong, otherwise it's going to be difficult to trace. One possibility is the illumination control module is bad but not sure how you'd test that easily. If you don't have any aftermarket wiring and it's still under warranty (3/36 or extended) have the dealer fix it.
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Old 10-23-2003, 08:48 PM   #3
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hey,
thanks for the input man. just to answer a few questions you had; I have zero aftermarket parts, wiring etc.. Also I'm in the process of getting a loaner car through subaru but they are taking extremely too long, so I wanted to try and fix myself. I will try your advice of taking off the gauge pod, the short may lie there. thanks for your time
~Michael
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Old 10-23-2003, 10:00 PM   #4
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Probably the best tool for finding something like this, aside from the wiring manual, is a circuit breaker that clips into the fuse box in place of the blown fuse, this allows the circuit to be safely energized long enough to track down the short. If you don't have one of these it can be really tough. You can try poking around with an ohmeter but you may not find it this way. If the problem is an electronic module that isn't really shorted but draws too much current when powered an ohmeter won't find it.
Post if you find anything or can use more help.
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Old 10-24-2003, 10:09 PM   #5
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check all of the fuses, and then get a cheap digital volt meter (20 bucks or less) and start checking for continuity on the fuse block.
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