Mechanics

NO DASH LIGHTS, HELP PLEASE

2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse

Electrical problem
2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Manual 106000 miles

My dash lights went out after not driving the car for a few days. (The lights not working are the cluster lights, the " cubby" light, and the HVAC lights. So I checked all the fuses 3 times total, once visually, and twice with a light tester.

Well to get to the point.
I have the dash apart, and the cluster in my hand. When I touch the back of the cluster(where the bulb twist ins make contact to get power) with my light tester, and flip on the headlights, I have light. Could one bad bulb cause all of these to be out? Or could I have a bad ground to my cluster?
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Gobbles
July 4, 2008.



Hi gobbles,

Either the bulbs are fused or have poor contact, bad ground, the connector or its wire is bad.

KHLow2008
Jul 5, 2008.
I took the dash cluster apart. When I touch where the bulb connects, with my test light, it lights up when I turn on the headlights. When I touch the ground spots on it, they also light up, when my test light is connected to 12v.

There are three wires going into my dimmer switch. Black, black with yellow, and green with white. Green with white has power when the headlights are on. Black is always grounded, and black with yellow grounds when the headlight switched is flipped on. I changed all of the 194 bulbs out and still have no dash lights.

Tiny
Gobbles
Jul 5, 2008.
Hi gobbles,

If equipped with brightness control, that is the one you should check.

KHLow2008
Jul 5, 2008.
You're talking about the dimmer switch? How do I check it?

Tiny
Gobbles
Jul 5, 2008.
Hi gobbles,

I do not know how many pins there are and don't have any circuit diagrams.

Ground the wire from the meter to the dimmer switch through a test lamp and if the lights works, the dimmer switch should be faulty.

KHLow2008
Jul 6, 2008.
Hello again KHLow.

When I ground the hot wire with the headlamps/parking lights off it comes on, the rest of the time it isnt. It does the same thing without the switch hooked up.

Tiny
Gobbles
Jul 6, 2008.
Hi gobbles,

Replace the switch if it cannot be adjusted.

KHLow2008
Jul 7, 2008.