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Old 10-15-2011, 05:01 PM   #1
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Instrument cluster dash lights not working

Need help....Just picked up my 02 Tacoma last week, dash lights do not come on. I've checked both fuses and they're both good, pulled the cluster out and put in new 194 bulbs in place of the stock ones with the orange covers and still no luck. My hvac and radio lights come on and dim with the switch and every other light works except the dash lights at night. Any ideas?
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Old 10-15-2011, 05:03 PM   #2
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after market radio?
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Old 10-15-2011, 05:10 PM   #3
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Try another Headlight switch.
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Old 10-15-2011, 05:59 PM   #4
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stock radio and everything else works, every single light except 4 dash illumination bulbs so the switch seems to be working..?
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Old 10-15-2011, 06:08 PM   #5
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stock radio and everything else works, every single light except 4 dash illumination bulbs so the switch seems to be working..?
Sounds right to me.

You need to make sure you have power at the connector to the instrument cluster. Sounds like a possible open wire.
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Old 10-15-2011, 06:17 PM   #6
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I just printed the service manual wiring diagram for the cluster, I'm going to pull it out again tomorrow. Anyone know what the "bulb check relay" shown on the cluster is/does or how to test it?
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Old 10-15-2011, 06:28 PM   #7
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i know this may sound crazy... but being careful not to break anything... give the face of the gauges a couple solid tap with your fingers (light but firm)... see if any lights flicker or change.
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haha ... will do tomorrow
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Old 10-15-2011, 06:35 PM   #9
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i know this may sound crazy... but being careful not to break anything... give the face of the gauges a couple solid tap with your fingers (light but firm)... see if any lights flicker or change.
That is actually good advice. I test a lot of electrical parts on cars that way. It's what we call "the good ol tap test" at the shop I work in.
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thanks guys, I appreciate the help. I plan on digging into it tomorrow.
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solution?

I'm having the exact same problem with my 'new' '02 Tacoma. Did you ever find a solution?
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:29 PM   #12
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Me too! In my 07, there is an aftermarket stereo.... Fuses are all good, I've been too chicken to take the dash apart LOL
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Well, my solution turned out to be pretty simple; the bulbs were bad. All of them. I figured the chances of them all going bad simultaneously was pretty slim, so I thought there must be a bad ground or something. Maybe the previous owner drove around watching them go out one by one, then traded it in for something else
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Humm I'll have to check that out. I figured like you, chances were slim that all the lights would be bad. Maybe it would be a good time to do one of those awesome dash light mods!! I'll report back when I figure mine out. Thanks!
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