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My name is ***** ***** I have a 2007 pt cruiser. When

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Hello, my name is ***** ***** I have a 2007 pt cruiser. When I turn on the headlights, the dash light flickers about 3 or 4 times then goes completely out and my tail lights don't work. Could be a bad fuse, relay or possibly a faulty headlight switch?
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Customer: No, I sure don't.
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Customer: Ok thanks.
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Customer: I hope I can, trying to save some money on a repair bill.
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Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Chrysler
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 5 months ago.
Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!THe park lamps and interior illumination are controlled separately but obviously both depend on the switch signal to come on. IF they are both going out together then I would first suspect a switch issue, but if the switch was bad then the headlamps should go out also. Are the headlamps turning off when this happens?
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
No, the headlights are working.
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 5 months ago.
What happens if you turn the switch to the park lamp position?
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
It does the same thing.
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 5 months ago.
You're losing all four park lamps, instrument cluster illumination, radio and a/c control head illumination?
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
No, just the dash lights, park lamps and tail lights.
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 5 months ago.
What specific lights inside the car are turning off?
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
The dash lights that illuminate the speedometer and other gauges.
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 5 months ago.
That's the instrument cluster. It controls the other illumination and if the other illumination stays on then that would indicate an internal failure of the instrument cluster, which would not explain the park lamps going off.Do the park lamps never come on or do they show the same exact behavior as the instrument cluster lights?
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
They never come on.
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Could there possibly be a loose connector or wire that is shorting out on something such as coming into contact with metal somewhere behind the dash?
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 5 months ago.
You do have two issues going on then. Have the park lamp bulbs all been checked with an ohm meter or replaced?
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
No they haven't, but I'll replace them this afternoon. Once I replace them and if they start working, what kind of issue am I having with the instrument cluster?
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 5 months ago.
The instrument cluster illumination going down is an internal failure in the cluster if the other illumination does stay on and the lights haven't been turned down by the dimmer.
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Ok thanks, I'm headed to church so I'll talk to you some more this afternoon.
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 5 months ago.
Not a problem.
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Ok, I'm back. Can you give me a ballpark figure on how much it'll cost to get it fixed?
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 5 months ago.
To replace the instrument cluster?
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 5 months ago.
A Mopar replacement would run $550-660 depending on exact vehicle build, and it calls for .5 hour of labor to replace it.
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Ok thanks. Its more expensive than I was thinking it would be! I'll probably trade it in on a newer model car or pickup. Thanks for all your help.
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 5 months ago.
You're welcome and good luck with it!