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Old 07-22-2013, 12:33 AM   #1
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Gauge Instrumental Cluster lights.

Alright guys, I did do a search on the forums did come across similar problems but not quite the same.

;Background story on issue, Cluster was fully functional back in 2010/2011.
Even after the engine blew out.

*No stock stereo, Aftermarket cheapo installed "still worked"
*Dimmer switch does control light level ( Ordered a new one just incase )
*Fuses all look good.
*Bulbs inside cluster, Pass with multimeter test (light up )

I just started working on this car again. Since I have started I have basically got everything working accept the gauge cluster instrumental panel.

I would really appreciate if anyone could point me to the direction or how to fix ?


Only 1 light works ontop o_O? and by the mileage indicators.
while car has its lights on

while car has key turned before ignition.
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:52 AM   #2
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Mine was doing this among other issues, I had to replace the entire cluster in my case, but even after I did that my bulbs that illuminated the cluster on top weren't working.

I Had to rotate the bulbs 180 in the socket to reverse the polarity and then it all lit back up.
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Old 07-22-2013, 01:05 AM   #3
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Mine was doing this among other issues, I had to replace the entire cluster in my case, but even after I did that my bulbs that illuminated the cluster on top weren't working.

I Had to rotate the bulbs 180 in the socket to reverse the polarity and then it all lit back up.

I'll try this tomorrow and see where it takes me, Thank you for the information. I might just order a new cluster as well and see if the entire thing is just short circuit.
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Old 07-22-2013, 01:05 AM   #4
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Maybe a circuit was damaged when someone did the white faced gauges.
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Old 07-22-2013, 01:07 AM   #5
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Maybe a circuit was damaged when someone did the white faced gauges.
I did it, It all worked fine till i discontinued using the car. I did see it fire up as it should once than never again. But you could be right. Other I might just order a new gauge cluster panel and sell where this takes me.
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Old 07-22-2013, 01:23 AM   #6
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These old circuit boards are known to have tiny cracked traces after they have been removed and re-installed. Heat can exaggerate the crack by warping the plastic the board is mounted to and you have a broken trace making the lights do like yours do.

You have a mutimeter, so look for where the 12v ends and double check all grounds.
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Old 07-22-2013, 01:31 AM   #7
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These old circuit boards are known to have tiny cracked traces after they have been removed and re-installed. Heat can exaggerate the crack by warping the plastic the board is mounted to and you have a broken trace making the lights do like yours do.

You have a mutimeter, so look for where the 12v ends and double check all grounds.
I will, Tomorrow after work. I'll open it up, If I find the solution I'll post it up. I'll take your word for it.
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Old 07-24-2013, 07:35 PM   #8
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These old circuit boards are known to have tiny cracked traces after they have been removed and re-installed. Heat can exaggerate the crack by warping the plastic the board is mounted to and you have a broken trace making the lights do like yours do.

You have a mutimeter, so look for where the 12v ends and double check all grounds.
Just information, For anyone looking for an answer,

Diagnostic, Bill is correct. I removed a tack gauge that actually connected the circuit towards the lights(Fixed ) Just re soldered them.
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good to hear. Bill's pretty helpful around these parts I think he's replied to each of my questions lol
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good to hear. Bill's pretty helpful around these parts I think he's replied to each of my questions lol

I did do your test, believe it or not. They shined just a little bit better. I left some at a certain degree as you suggested and the other ones fully locked. I would agree with you bill does know what he's talking about 8).
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