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Old 11-19-2011, 04:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 2002 Ford Taurus, and the lights that light up the dashboard speedometer, rpm gauge, and odometer don't come on when I turn on the lights in the car. The surrounding warnings and indicators light up just fine.

We've tried looking in the manual for what a fuse does and then pulling it, testing it with a multimeter, and didn't find anything that way; but we didn't try all the fuses and the car's documentation is a bit arcane.

Do you know which fuses we should check before we rule this as a burnt-old old-school-Edison light bulb?

Here are a few photo's of my manual, and the casing to my car's fusebox:









Note also that the problem is not the dimmer, I've already tried that.

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Old 11-19-2011, 05:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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under the hood check the 5a red fuses (fuse number 2,5 and 11 iirc)
in the car check fuse locations 12,22 and 30.
there are a couple of bulbs in the cluster. they shouldnt of all burned out at the same time. not saying it never does but chances are its a fuse. just because a fuse tests good when pulled doesnt mean it is. sometimes when you pull a fuse the backwards movement will reconnect the break. thus pushing it back in will open the connection. so make sure you take a good look at them and test with a dmm
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looking at your pics i seem to be wrong. 16 and 27 inside and 32 and 38 under the hood from what i can see in your pics
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Well I tried what you suggested, but to no avail, so I've got more pictures for you!

Inside fuses:


Under the Hood fuses:




Picture of my DMM
(Used the logic setting to test the fuses, so that it displays open when using it and shrt when the circuit is closed)


All tested fuses appear to work, although I couldn't find 38 under the hood cause it wasn't there (unless there's another fusebox I don't know about).

Thanks again,
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im sorry.... 38 should be inside the car.its for the gem and is a long shot, it shouldnt effect the dash lights at all. are there any other issues going on with the car? the tach works? speedo works?
there is a write up on changing the bulbs for the dash. some upgrade the lights to led. looks nice imo. if the fuses test good and the dimmer test good then pulling the dash might be next. I would give this thread a little wait and see if anyone has run into this problem before pulling the cluster out.
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I would try 16, 27, and maybe 29 in the passenger compartment. Otherwise you have burned out bulbs or a bad harness connector to the instrument cluster. Do the turn signal lights function normally?

P.S. I check my fuses using the Ω or diode setting so I can see if they're partially blown (very rare, but possible). Good ones should read 0 ohms obviously.
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tach works? speedo works?

Yup, they both work fine.
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I've given the top of the dash a good rap before and a light has come back on before. It's also not that hard to change out the dash lights. There's a great write up on how do do it. Took me about 30 minutes.
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i agree. smack the dash and see if anything changes. if not it looks like its time to change the bulb or look for a short.
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Does anything happen when you adjust the cluster dimmer control? (the little "wheel" near the main light switch)
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