1998 dashboard panel problem

Tiny
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My dashboard does NOT turn off. I turn the car off take the key out of the ignition and the dashboard iluminates like a Christmas tree, like if the key was in the ignition switch to almost turn it on. I have NO idea what it is and it's driving me crazy since I have to take the plug out of the battery so it won't suck the life out of it. Has anyone had this problem or does anyone know what it could be and what to do?
I have a 1998 Ford Explorer, 219.000miles, EngineV6-SOHC

Thanks :oops:
Rose
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Tuesday, May 8th, 2007 AT 12:10 PM

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Tiny
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Is this enough info or do you need more? :
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Thursday, May 10th, 2007 AT 7:53 AM
Tiny
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When the key is ON, all electrical circuits
and Warning lights are
illuminated. Key position when driving.
But if I take it out it stays that way. ON!

Is this enough info or do you need more? :[/Quote:dd7d112f03]
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Friday, May 11th, 2007 AT 7:58 AM
Tiny
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Ok, in the OFF position; battery, Check Gage, check engine, ABS, Door, and where the gas, milage, oil and RPm needles are at, and the amber lights outside the car.
When engine is started; ON: where the needles are, ABS light and amber lights outside (we call them the small lights here). I do not have a remote starter.
Anything else you need to know? :) 8)
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Friday, May 11th, 2007 AT 9:39 AM
Tiny
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I live in Puerto Rico, but I was born in the Bronx and raised in Brooklyn. :D
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Friday, May 11th, 2007 AT 10:16 AM
Tiny
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What requirements? It's the same thing as the States? :Cry:
No different.
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Friday, May 11th, 2007 AT 10:39 AM
Tiny
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Here in P.R. But they don't make any changes to the vehicle if it were bought from the states and bought here. So it's basically the same. Only thing different is that we don't use special snow tires. :Wink:
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Friday, May 11th, 2007 AT 11:31 AM
Tiny
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Oh well. Anyway it doesn't have daylight savings light. I bought it in 2000 a 1998 Ford Explorer, But hey. Thanks anyways. :( :( :(
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Friday, May 11th, 2007 AT 12:20 PM
Tiny
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Oh well. Anyway it doesn't have daylight savings light. I bought it in 2000 a 1998 Ford Explorer, But hey. Thanks anyways. :( :( :([/Quote:586702f0cf]

Can anyone else give input in this? 8) :roll: 8)
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Tuesday, May 15th, 2007 AT 9:29 AM
Tiny
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I'm no electrical wiz-genius, but I'll take a stab and say there must be some sort of relay that may be failing or failed, maybe something thru the dimmer switch that is causing the lights to stay on and brighten up, as for where to start looking, I'm not sure.
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Wednesday, May 16th, 2007 AT 8:26 PM
Tiny
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I'll check that out. Thanks This is driving me :evil: CRAZY. I don't dare leave my car without disconnecting the battery because it will drain it. So you can imagine how frustrating it is to go to the mall! :Lol: :lol:
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Thursday, May 17th, 2007 AT 8:40 AM
Tiny
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What fuse are you pulling out?
Try to jiggle the ignition with the key in it, paying careful attention to whether light flickers or not.
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Friday, May 18th, 2007 AT 1:30 PM
Tiny
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Well I pulled them out to check if there was a problem with any of them, but fuses seem ok.
But I will try that. I was thinking about it but didn't know if I should or if I might damage it more. But hey I'll try it and see what happens. Thanks and I'll let you know. :Mrgreen:
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Friday, May 18th, 2007 AT 2:09 PM
Tiny
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Start at your fuses.
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Friday, June 1st, 2007 AT 7:48 PM

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