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Old 09-11-2009, 01:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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No dash lights or tail lights!

Hi guys, I hope someone can point me in the right direction. Last week when I started the car after dark the dash lights didn't come on. I started to drive, and they came on within a half block. Thought maybe it was the sensor delay etc, never thought anything more. Last night on my way home from work dash lights didn't come on again. I checked and no tail lights. I tried to manually pull out switch, but no dice. Switch pulled out but still no dash or tail lights. I drove home (20 miles) hoping they would come on, but nope! Once home I turned off car and restarted in case it was in ignition switch, no help. With ignition off, I turned on lights manually and headlights and front park lights worked, and chime worked. No tail and dash lights. Back to work in the morning, again no dash or tail lights. Checked fuses in fuse panel by steering wheel and under hood, all good. Wiggled wiring at light switch, no diff. Checked wiring in truck, all looks good. Any suggestions?
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Old 09-11-2009, 01:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Lights work now, sorta fixed!

I was looking at 04DetroitLS post on dash removal and noticed a pic with a fuse panel on the passenger side as well. Went out to car to look and sure enough there was a fuse panel and a fuse in it that looked burnt, labeled tail light. The fuse itself has not blown, but has melted a little causing it to loose contact. After cleaning it up a little, reinsert fuse and voila they work. Now I gotta figure out why it got hot enough to melt the fuse!
Thanks for the post on dash removal 04DetroitLS! Helped me figure my immediate problem out!

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I was looking at 04DetroitLS post on dash removal and noticed a pic with a fuse panel on the passenger side as well. Went out to car to look and sure enough there was a fuse panel and a fuse in it that looked burnt, labeled tail light. The fuse itself has not blown, but has melted a little causing it to loose contact. After cleaning it up a little, reinsert fuse and voila they work. Now I gotta figure out why it got hot enough to melt the fuse!
Thanks for the post on dash removal 04DetroitLS! Helped me figure my immediate problem out!
Ummm...I would replace that fuse...like now.:eek:

P.S. - Fuses are designed to blow when the specified amperage is exceeded. Either you have a defective fuse (causing it to melt) or the wrong size fuse. Either way, verify it is the right amperage and replace it.

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gotta be fuses..take out each fuse in your fusebox and hold it up to the light to see if the thin wire is still attatched..if one fuse is black replace it

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Hey!!! I have a 2004 Chevy Impala LS and had the same problem!

Open the passenger side fuse box. Look for the 15 Amp fuse that has titling below as "REAR PRK LP" (It the fifth fuse from the bottom right on the far right row. Replace it. This fuse has voltage coming from your headlight switch and DRL to your cluster illumination and tail lights. Weird but it works. Let me know if this solved your problem! Thanks.

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could be a short in the headlight switch... might want to check there, or BCM going bad posssibly, or if you added HIDS/fogs they could be wired wrong

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Hey!!! I have a 2004 Chevy Impala LS and had the same problem!

Open the passenger side fuse box. Look for the 15 Amp fuse that has titling below as "REAR PRK LP" (It the fifth fuse from the bottom right on the far right row. Replace it. This fuse has voltage coming from your headlight switch and DRL to your cluster illumination and tail lights. Weird but it works. Let me know if this solved your problem! Thanks.
Thanks for the tip!
I have an '02 LS, and the dash lights were all out at night. Replacing this blown fuse fixed it.

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My dash lights in my 2000 Impala are flickering on and of every couple seconds and I noticed that my head lights are doing the same. I also noticed that there is a clicking noise from my passenger side fuse box for outside components and none of the fuses or relays are blow. Was wondering if anyone has any info about that.

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I have a 2003 Impala, while driving the dash lights went off and tail lights to,then the blinkers andbrake lights did not work. I checked the fuses and replaced 4 of them. BUt the one for tail lights and rear running lights keeps blowing that fuse but the others are ok.What could the problem be with that one fuse?

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I have a 2002 Chevy Impala LS. The dash and tail lights are going out every time I drive at night. They'll shut off randomly while I'm driving. Sometimes I'll shut the engine off and turn the key off and on, open the door, and play with the locks from the keyless FOB until the dash lights stay on. This doesn't always work though, and I end up driving with my hazards on. On a rare occasion the lights will go back on by themselves after a while.

I know the BCM was repaired or replaced by Chevy a few years back. I checked the "REAR PRK LP" fuse which is connected to the dash and tail lights. It looked fine but I replaced it anyway. It didn't fix it. Next I might have the headlight switch replaced and see if that does. I'm thinking of bringing it to Chevy but that's last resort. I'm hoping someone here might be able to point me in the right direction.

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I have the same problem. which fuse did you replace.

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Open the passenger side fuse box. Look for the 15 Amp fuse that has titling below as "REAR PRK LP" (It the fifth fuse from the bottom right on the far right row.

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I have a 2002 Chevy Impala LS. The dash and tail lights are going out every time I drive at night. They'll shut off randomly while I'm driving. Sometimes I'll shut the engine off and turn the key off and on, open the door, and play with the locks from the keyless FOB until the dash lights stay on. This doesn't always work though, and I end up driving with my hazards on. On a rare occasion the lights will go back on by themselves after a while.

I know the BCM was repaired or replaced by Chevy a few years back. I checked the "REAR PRK LP" fuse which is connected to the dash and tail lights. It looked fine but I replaced it anyway. It didn't fix it. Next I might have the headlight switch replaced and see if that does. I'm thinking of bringing it to Chevy but that's last resort. I'm hoping someone here might be able to point me in the right direction.

I received an auto email about this thread so I figured I'd follow up.

I ended up having the BCM replaced again and it hasn't happened since.

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