How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask cloe0626 Your Own Question

cloe0626
cloe0626, Auto Mechanic
Category: Car
Satisfied Customers: 230
Experience:  was a mechanic in the army for four years and have been working at a dealer ship the past five years
74954164
Type Your Car Question Here...
cloe0626 is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

1993 XJ6. VCM code display doesnt light at night

Resolved Question:

I have a 1993 XJ6 Base Model (aka XJ40). My light bulb failure indicator went on and I ended up hunting for the missing light bulb, which turned out to be in the license plate. But after I replaced the license plate bulb, my fuse failure indicator and Check Engine lights went on. I pressed the VCM button and it said Fuse 2 indicating the left hand fuse box. I discovered that that C3 fuse that controlled the dome light, map light, and glove box light had blown. After replacing the fuse, I pressed the VCM button and found Fuel Fail 39, which I've had before so that's easy to fix. But, I now notice that the backlight for the trip odometer (and VCM codes and mpg) doesn't work. Also, the dimmer button below the VCM button doesn't work either. I can read the odometer and VCM codes in daylight, but it's totally dark at night. Or maybe the dimmer switch has it so low that I can't see it. Is there a light bulb that displays the odometer, VCM codes, fuel mileage, etc.? And what does it take to repair this light?

Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  cloe0626 replied 11 months ago.
Yes there is a bulb that lights it most of the time they dont go out make sure you check all your fuses but if you do have to replace it you have to take the instrument cluster off and you will see the bulb
Customer: replied 11 months ago.

Can you be a little more precise than "check all your fuses"? The car has 70-80 fuses and surely some of thing can be easily ruled out. For example, is the fuse in question in the left side panel or the right side panel? Does this fuse control areas in addition to the trip odometer light bulb that might give some clue as to which fuse it is?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Relist: Answer quality.
Answer was too general. It's rather obvious that a light bulb not working on the dashboard is either a blown fuse or has to be replaced by removing the instrument cluster. I want an answer that is more precise than "check all of your fuses".
Expert:  cloe0626 replied 11 months ago.
remove all bots that hold on dash look around everywhere even under the dash by your pedals drop the bottom part of dash off there should be 2 more bolts holding the top part of dash on remove dash and wiring from behind dash pull dash out of car remove your instament panel change bulbsremove all bots that hold on dash look around everywhere even under the dash by your pedals drop the bottom part of dash off there should be 2 more bolts holding the top part of dash on remove dash and wiring from behind dash pull dash out of car remove your instament panel change bulbs
Customer: replied 11 months ago.

and can you give any further guidance on determining which fuse might be the blown fuse? I really don't want to change 70 fuses.

Expert:  cloe0626 replied 11 months ago.
The fuse that controls the instrument panel is fuse number 15
cloe0626, Auto Mechanic
Category: Car
Satisfied Customers: 230
Experience: was a mechanic in the army for four years and have been working at a dealer ship the past five years
cloe0626 and 20 other Car Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I would (and have) recommend your site to others I was quite satisfied with the quality of the information received, the professional with whom I interacted, and the quick response time. Thanks, and be sure that I'll be back whenever I need a question answered in a hurry. Stephanie P Elm City, NC
< Last | Next >
  • I would (and have) recommend your site to others I was quite satisfied with the quality of the information received, the professional with whom I interacted, and the quick response time. Thanks, and be sure that I'll be back whenever I need a question answered in a hurry. Stephanie P Elm City, NC
  • used your service this weekend with "Trecers" help. thank you ,thank you, thank you. replaced an A/C fan motor. Local Auto Zone had part. $15.00 "tracer" fee and $40.00 for parts, I saved several hundreds of dollers at a shop. i will recommend you and use you in the future. David L. Richmond, TX
  • 9 dollars, 2 hours of my time, and I drove away. Your diagnosis was right on the mark. Thank you so much. Phil Marysville, CA
  • Lurch. Thank you very much. I had real doubts about this website but your promptness of response, quick followup and to the point answer with picture was incredible. Charles Walnut Creek, CA
  • As a single woman, I really appreciate an excellent and affordable opinion.
    Thank you Geordie, I will not hesitate to contact justanswer in the future!
    Sue Charleston, WV
  • Another great insight to what may be the problem. I will have my mechanic take a look at it tomorrow. Thanks again, Frank...you do indeed know your stuff. Jim Castleberry, FL
  • Excellent reply, and also very quick. Really sounds like the Expert knows what he is talking about. I will be back to use your service when I need more help with my RV. Dutch USA
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Chris (aka-Moose)

    Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    846
    16 years of experience
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MU/muddyford/2012-6-13_1204_1.64x64.png Chris (aka-Moose)'s Avatar

    Chris (aka-Moose)

    Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    846
    16 years of experience
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/TE/TedG/2012-6-15_14759_avaLarge.64x64.jpg Ted G.'s Avatar

    Ted G.

    ASE Certified Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    1596
    20 years auto repair experience, ASE Master Tech, Mechanical Failure consultant, Expert Witness
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/joecamel90/2008-11-13_03615_head_shot.jpg George H.'s Avatar

    George H.

    ASE Certified Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    1311
    ASE Master Tech 15+ yrs, AAS Automotive Technology, Factory trained Asian specialist
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/AM/amedee/2013-10-24_23656_Amedee1.64x64.jpg Amedee's Avatar

    Amedee

    ASE Master Tech

    Satisfied Customers:

    2367
    ASE Master Tech advanced level specialist
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/SU/supermechanic/2013-8-23_03546_500.64x64.jpg Jerry's Avatar

    Jerry

    Master Mechanic

    Satisfied Customers:

    1906
    ASE master, 30+ years. All makes and models. Trouble shooter, shop forman, service manager
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/CR/crzydrvr00/2013-11-3_12123_246347.64x64.jpg Richard's Avatar

    Richard

    ASE Certified Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    942
    12 years Ford Lincoln/Mercury Jaguar dealership as a technician and shop foreman reparing all makes
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/ST/Steve7654/2012-6-5_215929_japic800x660.64x64.jpg Steve's Avatar

    Steve

    Auto Service Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    1980
    25+ yrs experience as a professional working technician; ASE L1 master technician