2004 Saturn Vue radio display is dim

Tiny
DANRACE
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  • 2004 SATURN VUE
  • 10,900 MILES
I have a 2004 Saturn Vue and my wife noticed the display on the radio does not light during the day. You can see it fine at night. The dimmer switch is on the brightest setting. One thing I did notice was when I start up the car radio lights up fine but when you disengage the emergency brake the display goes dim.
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Thursday, June 13th, 2013 AT 3:37 PM

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Tiny
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Do you have a factory radio or aftermarket one?
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Thursday, June 13th, 2013 AT 6:14 PM
Tiny
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Hi its a factory radio.
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Thursday, June 13th, 2013 AT 7:18 PM
Tiny
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So the light comes on with the headlights on?Did this just happen?
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Thursday, June 13th, 2013 AT 9:08 PM
Tiny
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About a week ago my wife noticed it was hard to see what station or song is on. I just went outside and turned lights on started the car and released parking brake and no problems you can see what song is playing no matter what. I did dim the instrument panel and dims all the other stuff around the radio but the radio stays bright.
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Thursday, June 13th, 2013 AT 9:38 PM
Tiny
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Do you have any aftermarket installed things in it?
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Thursday, June 13th, 2013 AT 9:59 PM
Tiny
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Nope all factory
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Thursday, June 13th, 2013 AT 10:01 PM
Tiny
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That's strange because the radio light has the same power output from the instrument panel fuse box as the cluster so they should dim together.
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Friday, June 14th, 2013 AT 6:16 PM
Tiny
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Thats what I thought. Is there something else I should look for? The thing I thought was wierd that when I disengaged the emergency brake and the radio dimmed.
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Friday, June 14th, 2013 AT 6:28 PM
Tiny
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So were the headlights off when you released the brake?If so the day time running lights would turn on.
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Friday, June 14th, 2013 AT 7:18 PM
Tiny
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Yes when I release the brake the lights turn on. I turned the car on just now and it does not matter if I released the brake or not. I did the dimmer and the radio dims now? I not going crazy. The car is in the shade as the sun is going down.
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Friday, June 14th, 2013 AT 7:44 PM
Tiny
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The dimmer switch goes thru the body control module to the instrument panel fuse box then to the radio light. But that output splits from the same terminal going to the dash lights. So the dash lights dimming without the radio doesn't really make sense. Let's see if its heat releated to the inside temp of the vechile.
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Friday, June 14th, 2013 AT 7:50 PM
Tiny
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Oh ok sounds good.
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Friday, June 14th, 2013 AT 8:31 PM

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