1998 Dodge Neon headlights on, dashboard lights off

Tiny
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  • 1998 DODGE NEON
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1998 Dodge Neon 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 130k miles

Hi there and thanks for reading my post.

Recently, whenever I turn on my headlights, the instruments and lights on the dash panel shut off. The two turn signal lights on the dash stay lit, as well as the high beam light. The exterior lights and signals all work properly and as normal when they are turned on a off. While running with the light on, if I open the driver side door, the dash lights all turn back on as normal. Everything runs normally when the headlights are not on.

Thanks again for your help!
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Saturday, May 1st, 2010 AT 3:12 PM

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Tiny
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Hi, fuse2-- 15 amp, should be hot all the time, use a voltage tester, when the problem occurs, check that fuse circuit for voltage. We can check feed to and from the headlamp switch. I wouldn't replace anything without testing.

The power circuit for fuse number 2 also supplies voltage to other fuse circuits. When the problem occurs, you can pull the fuses on those other circuits, one at a time, see if instrument illumination comes back, if it does there is a problem on last fuse circuit.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/512072_dodge_neon_instrument_cluster_1.jpg

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Saturday, May 1st, 2010 AT 3:47 PM
Tiny
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Thanks so much for your help! The problem appears to be sporadic and all of a sudden corrected itself this weekend when I turned the right turn signal on as I was driving. I checked the fuses and nothing had blown so I will test the voltage as soon as the problem occurs again. Thanks again!
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Sunday, May 2nd, 2010 AT 3:08 PM
Tiny
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I have the same issue but when you open or shut the door all the dash gauges spikes, any help would be appreciated.
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Thursday, December 15th, 2011 AT 4:52 AM
Tiny
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Check connections and grounds. Check the wiring for short circuits.
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Thursday, December 15th, 2011 AT 5:09 AM
Tiny
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For others with the dodge neon after replacing or soldering the the cluster and still having problems, the clips in the wiring harness are poor design. Remove the wiring harness from its holding place and then in the back in the center of the harness is a red retaining clip you have to push in on both sides and use a pair of needle nose pliars pulling in the center of the red clip to pull the red clip out, you may have to use a small flat head screw driver(computer screw driver kit) to push from the opposite end red clip on the outside on the outside of the wiring harness under the black clip while pulling at the same time. Remove this red clip completely. After removing the red clip look at the front of the wiring harness you will see a flat slot on the outer edge of each hole place screw driver in the slot straight and then slightly tilt toward outer eage of wiring harness while simultaneously pulling that wire from the back. After pullin that wire out squeeze together the ends of the clip with your fingers. This is very important once you squeeze the end of the clip then slide it one of the instrument cluser contacts to spread it backout a little. If it is to tight it will screw everything up. As I had all mine to tight and learned this afterwards. Once you do this slide the wire back in the wiring harness making sure it is seated. The solid side of the wire connector either goes the the left or right of the harness connector to seat back in the harness. Do this to both sides of the wiring harness. After putting all the wires back in then put the red retaining clip back in make sure it goes all the way in and the wires are spaced in each slot on the red retaning clip. I also had to pull off the little red round tabs at then end of the red clip with pliars. The round tabs got bent and wouldn't let the tab go all the way in. I was having a problem with dash lights, door chime and turn signals. It is all fixed now. Make sure the wires are seated completely. One wasnt and I didn't have a high beam indicator light. Hope this helps others. It is very poor design. Affects all dodges for similar years. There is no replament connectors unless you go to junk yard, which after splicing in one had the same issue. So I did all the above steps and it is working great. Dealer stated you would need to buy complete wiring harness for 1800.
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Friday, January 6th, 2012 AT 2:03 PM
Tiny
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Before I did this I checked fuses, replaced headlight switch. I removed the flasher fuse and disconnected the turn signal switch from the circuit to ensure it wasn't any of those items first before doing the above steps, but it appears pretty common for the contacts on this dash.
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Friday, January 6th, 2012 AT 2:05 PM
Tiny
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There are two wiring harness connectors behind the dash left side and right side.
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Friday, January 6th, 2012 AT 2:08 PM
Tiny
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Thanks spurfy
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Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 AT 5:30 AM

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