1997 Chrysler Town and Country Odometer, Clock, Gear Indica

Tiny
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  • 1997 CHRYSLER TOWN AND COUNTRY
Electrical problem
1997 Chrysler Town and Country Front Wheel Drive Automatic 146000 miles

When I use the dimmer switch for the instrument display (speedometer, tachometer, etc) everything dims except the odometer, clock, gear indicator, and overhead console display lights. They remain unchanged and distractingly bright at night. I could have sworn that they use to dim in the past. Are they supposed to dim and what needs to be fixed if they don't? I took the vehicle to my Chrysler dealer and they said they replaced the dimmer switch with something billed as a Headlight & Foglight. Kit (they said the other instruments lights were flickering as they dimmed - I hadn't noticed.) It did not fix the problem (I had explained that my concern was the bright odometer, clock, etc display lights when I spoke to them before the kit was installed.) When I spoke to the repair tech after discovering that the problem hadn't been corrected (and after paying for the kit), he did not know if the odometer, clock, etc display lights were even supposed to dim!
Thank you for your help.
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Monday, November 10th, 2008 AT 11:00 AM

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Tiny
JAMES W.
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The lights you described that stay unchanged should dim to about 50% when you turn on the headlights. This function is controlled by the "body control module" which is under the dash on the driver's side. If this module fails, it will cause the problem you are having.
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Monday, November 10th, 2008 AT 2:47 PM

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