Center console dash lights

Tiny
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  • 2006 CHRYSLER 300
  • 5.7L
  • V8
  • RWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 95,000 MILES
My center console lights went out including analog clock, heated seat lights and prndl shifter light. They all work so what fuse will it be? I checked all the recommended ones in the rear fuse box they all seem fine.
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Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 AT 7:07 AM

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Tiny
STEVE W.
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Looking at the wiring diagram if fuses 17 and 29 in the right rear fuse panel test okay (use a test light connected to ground and touch the probe to both of the pins on top of the fuses) then the actual cluster in the dash is the most likely culprit. It feeds those lamps off a different lamp driver.
To see if there is power at the cluster requires the cluster be removed to get to the wiring, then test the orange/gray wire at pin E12 for power.
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Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 AT 10:46 AM
Tiny
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I will give that a try in a bit hopefully I can figure it out today. Thank you. I will give you an update if it works.
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Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 AT 11:54 AM
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STEVE W.
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Good luck. This is one of those times I would like to whack the designer over the head. A simple dimmer switch attached to the headlight switch did this job for decades, but no they just have to come up with a way to make is more complicated.
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Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 AT 2:42 PM
Tiny
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I know exactly how you feel they just had to make everything so difficult just so people take the cars to the dealerships.
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Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 AT 4:07 PM
Tiny
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Hey so I tested those fuses as well again and also the wire test for the orange/grey wire and my tester light came on so meaning it has power. I just don't understand why I have no lights on anything in the center console
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Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 AT 5:24 PM
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STEVE W.
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If there is power there you either have a failed inline splice or there is a ground issue. The attached is the wiring for those lights. Trace the power and grounds. Note that there are 2 wires of the same color that feed the lights from the console.
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Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 AT 10:02 AM
Tiny
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So ill have trace back to find the ground issue? This seems frustrating I just wish it was fuse or something easy but thanks for your help sir!
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Thursday, May 18th, 2017 AT 8:09 AM
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STEVE W.
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Yeah, it's either a ground issue or there is a connection point in the power feed that isn't shown on the diagram. You could test them easier though. As they are all 12V lights run a wire from the battery positive down to one of the lights and feed 12v into the orange/gray power side. If they all light up you have a broken power feed. I suspect it's someplace in the power side because the seat switches and prindl don't share a ground.
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Thursday, May 18th, 2017 AT 2:53 PM
Tiny
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I will do what I can and hopefully figure it out soon. Everything works in the center console but just no lighting on the clock and the heated seats also prldn but the stereo has lights. Ill try do what you suggest thanks again
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Thursday, May 18th, 2017 AT 2:55 PM
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STEVE W.
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Those share the same power but the diagram shows different grounds. The stereo uses a different power feed for it's lights.
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Thursday, May 18th, 2017 AT 3:07 PM
Tiny
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So what wire so for he lighting on these? Im guessing the orange/grey is the power source right? Because this started I believe when I unplugged my hvac control switch and plugged it back in the whole interior light dimmed while plugged and starter smoking a bit so I unplugged it waited and since then the lights are out but can't figure out what happened.
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Thursday, May 18th, 2017 AT 3:10 PM
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STEVE W.
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OK, you will want to check that a pin didn't get bent and fry the power feed wire.
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Thursday, May 18th, 2017 AT 5:02 PM
Tiny
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Like on the control unit or the actual plug on the vehicle?
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Thursday, May 18th, 2017 AT 5:04 PM
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STEVE W.
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At the connector you unplugged.
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Thursday, May 18th, 2017 AT 9:20 PM
Tiny
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But the control switch works just no lights and it seems something sparked the rest of the stuff also
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Thursday, May 18th, 2017 AT 9:22 PM
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STEVE W.
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There are multiple pins in that connector, if the light power feed pin was bent and then grounded out and stayed that way you would have no lights because of that. The smoke means something shorted and burned. You need to determine what.
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Thursday, May 18th, 2017 AT 9:46 PM
Tiny
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So the cars plug pin might be the issue? So how can I locate that? And possibly fix? I used know
Fuses go out in situations like this
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Thursday, May 18th, 2017 AT 9:48 PM
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STEVE W.
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I mean the connector you unplugged from the HVAC unit. You say it smoked after you plugged in the connector. That plug is the one to check. Pull it back out and see if one of the connectors is damaged.
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Friday, May 19th, 2017 AT 7:19 AM
Tiny
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Okay I have to hvac switches I own and I will try it with both that could be the issue maybe you are right
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Friday, May 19th, 2017 AT 7:25 AM
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KEN
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Please let us know what happens.

Cheers, Ken
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Monday, May 22nd, 2017 AT 10:51 AM

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