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Alright my dash lights 't work every outher light works

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Alright my dash lights don't work every outher light works and I am getting powers from the tan and white wire and I don't know what else to do!!!
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  James replied 1 year ago.

Hello, it sounds like you blew a fuse. If this is an automatic the button on the shifter shorts out. When this happens you lose the lights to the cluster. Once you replace the shifter assembly the short will go away and you can install a new fuse. If you let me know what engine you have I can get you what fuse you need to replace.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have a 6.0 powerstroke
Expert:  James replied 1 year ago.

Thank you, ***** ***** you need to replace is fuse 45 inside the fuse panel.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
buy a new switch and replace the fuse rite???
Expert:  James replied 1 year ago.

Correct. If you remove the steering column covers. Sometimes you can repair the short. It is easier to just install a new shift lever.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What is the switch called and I don't have a slot for #45 it's empty
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Wait nvm I was looking at the wrong fuse and 45 isn't blown
Expert:  James replied 1 year ago.

Do you have an ohm meter? If you have a test light we can do that as well?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Do what?
Expert:  James replied 1 year ago.

Well if you have a test light we can test and see if we are even getting power to this fuse.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I am I already checked that
Expert:  James replied 1 year ago.

Fuses 35,41,33,45 all control the instrument cluster. If you still have access to the cluster we can test power at each wire.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
They all get power!!!!
Expert:  James replied 1 year ago.

The fuses get power on both sides?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Yep
Expert:  James replied 1 year ago.

Do you still have access to the cluster wiring?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Light my wiring to my switch or wiring behind my dash
Expert:  James replied 1 year ago.

Wiring behind the dash that plugs into the instrument cluster.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What am I checking the light blue and red?
Expert:  James replied 1 year ago.

You want to check the red wire with a yellow stripe. Should have 12v in the run position.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It has 12 volts
Expert:  James replied 1 year ago.

If that has 12v it would suggest you have an instrument cluster failure.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Like my whole gauge cluster
Expert:  James replied 1 year ago.

If you remove the cluster the bulbs are changeable. I can't imagine all of them burning out at the same time but it's possible

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Could it be my switch to turn on my headlight
Expert:  James replied 1 year ago.

When the lights are on do you get power on the light blue wire with red stripe?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Actually I do!!!
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
it has power
Expert:  James replied 1 year ago.

If it has power but no lamps are illuminating there has to be a break on the cluster? The gauges work just no illumination right?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ya and like my check engine light battery light all that works just not my Guage lifhts
Expert:  James replied 1 year ago.

If you remove the gauge light bulbs are any burnt?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I didn't look so what does it mean if there are and if they are not??
Expert:  James replied 1 year ago.

If you have power going into the cluster but no lights then there is a break in the circuit board. The circuit board in the cluster has a bad solder joint or beoken copper trace.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
should I just buy a new instermant panel?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No I am not getting power to the blue and red wire coming out of my light switch!!
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'm not getting power to the blue and red wire
Expert:  James replied 1 year ago.

So you did have power and now you don't?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I never did I checked the wrong wire I checked a green and red it was dark I couldn't really see well
Expert:  James replied 1 year ago.

Ok so we need to determine why we don't have power. You do have power on the both sides of fuse 45 correct?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I do
Expert:  James replied 1 year ago.

Does fuse 35 have 12v both sides?

Expert:  James replied 1 year ago.

Fuse 17 needs to have power on both sides as well. If you have power

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
35 does
Expert:  James replied 1 year ago.

What about 17

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It doea
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Does
Expert:  James replied 1 year ago.

If the radio,*****switch, other light up switches work then you have a broken wire between the instrument cluster and the fuse panel.

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