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    I have a 96 sunfire.. the IPC works, but won't light up. The indicator lights all work and light up, but the speedo, tac, fuels, and temp gauges won't light.


    They were working, then all of a sudden stopped.



    Any idea whats causing it?


    I've checked the fuses and they were good.

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    well i had that on my small car quite a while ago,turned out the boots i had on pulled the wire from the harness,or check the bulbs

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    how do I check the bulbs tho? Do I have to remove the cluster?


    the dash is one whole peice with the passenger air bag attached.. dont really want to be yanking on that to get it off


    I dont understand why the indicatior lights like the abs, battery, those lights all light up but the gauges wont... are they on a different circuit?

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    Check the fuses. You also may have a bad ground. I would doubt if it's the bulbs. They wouldn't all go at once unless there was a spike in the amperage and it blew them.
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    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: rmkryan</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Check the fuses. You also may have a bad ground. I would doubt if it's the bulbs. They wouldn't all go at once unless there was a spike in the amperage and it blew them. </div></div>


    fuses are fine, not blown... even replaced them anyways with new ones but still nothing.

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    You probably have some sort of wiring issue then... or the switch.
    Racing is not a sport, it's a lifestyle.

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    should just blow the damned thing up.. lol

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    hahah.....it is a GM ya know... :P I am with ryan though on this....switch more then likely...the rehostat dimmer switch or harness

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    did you hear the new fords have heated bumpers now?






    they don't want you to get frostbite when you push it home [img]/ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/lol.gif[/img]




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    You know... 97% of Ford's are still on the road!
    The other 3% actually made it home!

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    LMAO! I'm with Andre!
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    ooooh..........burn....... [img]/ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif[/img]

    although I don't seem to have electrical problems with my cars......at least not anymore.. [img]/ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif[/img] hahaha

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    i thought a sunfire was a pontiac . fords run great for those who appreciate them

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    sunfire is pontiac, pontiac is gm

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    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Timbit</div><div class="ubbcode-body">ooooh..........burn....... [img]/ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif[/img]

    although I don't seem to have electrical problems with my cars......at least not anymore.. [img]/ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif[/img] hahaha </div></div>Sometimes the wipers on my Ranger turn on when the signal lights cancel.

    I was never a "Ford guy", but my 91 Ranger definately has less issues than, and will run circles around, my 91 S-Blazer.

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    lol


    I think I've figured out I've got a short somewhere.


    When I put my highbeams on, they kind of short out and go on, off, on, off..

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    There's a circuit breaker in most headlight circuits, so that they won't go off altogether. Sometimes that breaker gets weak.

    A real short will burn a wire in half in about a second, so I really doubt that's the problem. Have you disturbed anything,, put in a cd player or anything?? I'd check grounds if I were you. A ground point is one or more, usually black wires, screwed right tho the body somewhere. also check that the body to engine and battery to engine grounds are good.
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    all the grounds seem fine, and yes I installed a new cd player but it was about 3 days after that they went out.. guess i gotta take it to a mechanic

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    AHA!!!!

    I'd bet a dollar to a donut that installing the player put some pressure on a connection that took 3 days to come out.

    Pull the player and make sure everything else behind the dash is plugged in, and when you put it back make sure that you aren't pulling on any wires. Use tie wraps or whatever to hold things in place.

    Trust me, you really don't want to take your car to a mechanic to find a problem like that. BTDT, on the mechanic's end.

    Good luck.
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    I pulled the cd player back out today and redit all my connections to make the wire shorter so it fit better.


    But there's no other wires behind the cd player besides the antenna and the power plug.



    I looked all over to find a lose connection but nadda.

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