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Old 09-18-2007, 06:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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'84 4Runner - No Dash Lights

They worked day before yesterday, last night they did not. All exterior lights work, turn signal indicators work, 4WD indicator works, but no gauges light up. I dont have an FSM yet, or anything, so help me out, what fuses/relay's and other things can I check, to lcoate this issue??
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Old 09-18-2007, 07:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Might check the dimmer itself, all the dash light grounds pass through that, power comes from the Tail Light relay. Was anything electrical installed recently (radio, CD, CB, etc.)?
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No nothing new was installed. I'll check the dimmer when I get home.
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Old 09-18-2007, 07:18 AM   #4 (permalink)
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the problem is clearly the solid axle. looks like you need to cut it off and do an IFS swap
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geez, thats it, you want to take this junk SFA off of my hands for me? LOL.
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Old 09-18-2007, 07:26 AM   #6 (permalink)
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the problem is clearly the solid axle. looks like you need to cut it off and do an IFS swap
HAHAHA! Yes. I agree.


But check the dimmer, give it a wiggle. Mine have done that before even when I haven't touched the dimmer in months and a twist of the POT brings them back.
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Old 09-18-2007, 07:52 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Yeah, probably the dimmer. It's technically called a rheostat, and that little switch can cause your entire dash lights to fail! A fairly cheap part to replace too. Good luck!
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Dimmer knob most likely. I had this same danged issue in my 96 t100 (which is basically a 86-95 pickup). turned out the dimmer fried and was 100 bucks to replace.

For now you can test it by pulling the fuse panel off and checking there. If that doesnt work and your fuses are fine, remove the switch and using a voltmeter test the switch using a ground or such-it will light up. I wired mine into a ground and it worked fine till i got my switch.
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geez, thats it, you want to take this junk SFA off of my hands for me? LOL.
i GUESS, you may have to meet me halfway here and give me a little money for doing you a favor or smoething...
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I also agree with the dimmer theory. When I adjust mine, the lights do not dim smoothly. They go otu and come back on as dim, like contacts are bad or something.
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The winner is Dimmer Switch. Thanks guys! lol. loose connection, and now its fixed, they work!
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