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Old 11-22-2017, 02:56 PM   #1
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Dash lights out

Checked the fuses, put the stock radio back in, replaced the headlight switch, everything working except dash light. 2000 E250 bulb(s)?
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Old 11-22-2017, 06:06 PM   #2
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Did you turn the knob?
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Old 11-22-2017, 06:08 PM   #3
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^^^ first guess too. Typically happens when throughly cleaning interior. I've done it a couple times myself.
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Old 11-25-2017, 02:22 PM   #4
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On my 2009 some of the dash lights went out. It was a loose pin in a connector. Luckily it was warranted, not sure I could find that...
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Old 11-28-2017, 03:50 AM   #5
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Checked the fuses, put the stock radio back in, replaced the headlight switch, everything working except dash light. 2000 E250 bulb(s)?
Are all the instrument illumination lamps out? If yes then there's an issue with the power feed for that circuit leading to or inside the cluster housing. If the heater control pod has lighting then you should have power to the cluster housing too.

If there's some lighting in the cluster its just a lamp or two burned out. Not a huge technically complex repair but the cluster does need to be removed for proper replacement.

Is the cluster & radio trim panel (flat black) one solid piece or in two pieces, a split between the cluster opening and power ports?
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It's all the lights, went out right after turning the lights on after getting gas, got power to the switch and the resistor is working to dim power/lights. Need to dig around and see what may have come off.
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Old 01-06-2018, 04:45 PM   #7
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Have you checked the ground connection?
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I have not, where would I look to check it?
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Unsure, If all the dash lights feed from the dimmer I would start there.
There's a GMC in my driveway not a Ford so I can't go out and check.
The dash lights have to ground somewhere either by wire or direct mechanical connection to the chassis.
The dash might have a braided ground strap.
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OP you'll have to remove the cluster housing itself in order to see if the connectors feeding it are in any way compromised.

I would remove the main headlight switch and follow the proper schematic to make sure you have power through the portion of the switch affecting dash lights.

Do you have any experience working behind the trim piece covering the instrument cluster, heater controls and radio?
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