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Old 01-21-2005, 01:09 PM   #1
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Alright I really need help on this one. My dash illumination (where it displays MPH, RPM, Fuel Tank, and Engine Temp) is out. I was installing a CD player when *spark* one of the wires hit metal and sparked. Ever since then the dash won't light up. Yes I already checked the dimmer switch on the left side. The only time this is really a problem is when I'm driving at night. I've gotten a feel for when to shift without my tach., but I have no relativity of speed. I appreciate any thoughts or ideas that you guys may throw at me. Thanks, Jack

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Old 01-21-2005, 01:17 PM   #2
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Possibly a blown fuse? Check your owner's manual for a diagram of the fuse box underneath the fog light switch and in the engine bay.
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Old 01-21-2005, 04:10 PM   #3
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yeah i checked all the fuses, i really hope i didnt somehow blow the bulbs themselves behind the instrument panel, that would suck... do you think that's possible. i checked the manual too, it's pretty much worthless. i should buy the service manuals but a little tight on cash right now. gotta go to court for reckless driving. 95 in a 55, im so stupid. wish me luck...
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Old 01-21-2005, 04:51 PM   #4
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It could be the bulb. I don't think that they're that hard to replace - of course I haven't tried it personally, but I've taken the gauge cluster out numerous times and saw the bulbs. Keep us updated...
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Old 01-22-2005, 03:04 PM   #5
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my guess is blown fuse.
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Old 01-22-2005, 03:28 PM   #6
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My car is having the same problem. All of my lights went out all of the sudden and it was a blown fuse. The fuse is under the fog light switch in the middle row, second one over to the right. The only problem is that even when i put a new fuse in, the lights still didnt turn on. I have no idea what the problem is. And today i tried to turn my lights on, and now the headlights wont even turn on. I have no idea what is going on!! someone help please!!
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Old 01-22-2005, 04:46 PM   #7
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There are multiple bulbs back there and anyway you won't blow a bulb by shorting the circuit ahead of it. The problem is either a blown fuse, or a fried illumination (dimmer) module.
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Old 01-29-2005, 03:08 PM   #8
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Alright it's not a fuse or the bulbs. I think it must be the dimmer control module but where is the relay that controls that? Please help I have no more ideas!
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Old 01-29-2005, 03:18 PM   #9
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maybe check the fusible links (slow blow fuses) in the engine compartment? Also - make sure you check the fuses with a multimeter, not by eye - you can't always tell when a fuse is blown.

not that it helps now, but there is a reason it's recommended that you remove the negative battery terminal before doing electrical work...
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Old 01-30-2005, 10:06 PM   #10
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Today I have the exact same problem,,, installing a cd player.. sparked some a wires.. and the dash light went.....

please HELP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 02-01-2005, 01:10 AM   #11
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I've got the same problem, only I haven't done any electrical work to the car in over a year. Just turned the headlights on the other night, and she's a no go. Also, the power door locks don't work, and if I replace that fuse, it immediately blows when I press the lock button.
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Old 02-01-2005, 02:54 AM   #12
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Then you have a short that you need to chase down. Go buy a box of 30 or so fuses and keep replacing/blowing them while a friend listens for the short (you can usually narrow it down a little bit and eyeball some things).
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Old 02-01-2005, 05:02 PM   #13
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so i guess it must be the illumination module. i've heard they're about $80. that really sucks, i dont feel like spending $80 on that. right now its not a necessity but im going to subaru tomorrow and talk to those bastards at the dealership. i hate dealers so much! some bad experiences like all of us, but i wont get into that. if its not the illumination module then ill be pissed. lol by the way just disconnected the DRL's on my car, it's so much better. i hate daytime running lights. oh and one more thing, im buying eyelids for my 02 silver WRX, how much do you think its going to be to paint them. i have a paint gun myself so do you think i should do it myself?
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Old 06-23-2005, 01:26 AM   #14
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Did you ever fix your dilemma? Was it the dimmer control module?
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Old 06-23-2005, 01:12 PM   #15
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Well it happened to me as well : ( (after i install head unit and had aspark) , and i guarantee there is now blown fuses or anything because suddenly it turned on by itself and it was on for about 2 months and now is off again , : (

So guys do u have any idea, is there anything to do with the wire behind the head unit or for the head unit that is not tight or something ??
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Old 06-23-2005, 03:33 PM   #16
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That's odd. Almost sounds like maybe something is loose back there...then again, who knows.
Along with my gauge cluster lighting, my radio and clock was out. This morning the clock and radio were working fine. But I still have nothing lighting the gauges. From what I'm being told, and from what I've dug up from searches, it may be the illumination module. Unforturnately, I can't tell much from the service manual where it's located. I looked behind the dash and behind the radio, but not real sure on that one.
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