This is a tough one. Make sure the fuses are good. Please keep in mind, they may look good, but be bad. You need to check them for continunity. That way you are sure power can flow through them. Once you do that, if they are good you need to check under the dash for any loose wires or bad grounds. If all checks out with that, then you need to have the actual headlight switch checked. That is where the power comes from for the dash lights.
Now for the key, what I recommend is this. Chances are the tumbler is dry and dirty. Go to a parts store and purchase lubericant that is designed for key tumblers. Lubericat the tumbler and run the key in and out several times and then do it again. That should take care of that problem. If it doesn't, the tumbler may have damage to it and need replaced. However, chances are that will take care of the problem for you.
Let me know if you have other questions.
Saturday, September 10th, 2011 AT 4:43 AM