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Instrument lighting shorted? 200 1984

A few days ago I tried to fix my hazard light switch, to no avail but not a huge deal. However after I got the dash put back together and left town for a few days I came back to find the battery had drained enough to where I couldn’t start it. I thought it was just because I forgot to turn off the dome light. Come to find out after a jump my instrument cluster lamp (to see gauges and whatnot in the dark) was stuck on. After some tinkering and pulling the cluster back off it was still stuck on. No matter what position the light switch was in my instrument lights stayed on. Then with some more fiddiling my disconnected clock wires started to spark, I’m assuming cause my green wire that lights up my clock was getting power with the rest of the instrument lights. So I quickly disconnected that but now my instrument lights don’t work at all. I’m thinking I shorted out the Rheostat. There’s no continuity off the rheostat anymore. Fuses are all good. I’m guessing I did some serious shorting, any suggestions on how to go about fixing it? I can still get continuity off the Red&White and Gray wires that attach to the rheostat, but the brown (ground right?) doesn’t wanna make my test light light up no matter what I do.


New Instrument lighting shorted? [200][1984]
posted by  WilsonLong13  on Wed Apr 24 12:11 CST 2019 >

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