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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Nov 15th, 07, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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Dash/Console light are too dim.....

I have the right bulbs and all are working. The brightest I can get the lights is still way to dim. At night it is difficult too read any of the gauges.

Would replacing the headlight switch fix my problem. I think the problem is in the reostat part of the switch.

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Re: Dash/Console light are too dim.....

I would ensure you have good grounds for the dash/console lighting circuits first. Also what leads you believe the headlight switch is the problem?

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Re: Dash/Console light are too dim.....

Have you grabbed the knob and twisted the bejesus out of it?

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Re: Dash/Console light are too dim.....

The standard bayonet base bulbs are #194, and are rated at 4 watts.

An identical appearing bayonet base bulb rated at 7 watts is manufactured, tho I can't recall the correct # for them. I switched to these years ago. It made a tremendous difference in the night visibility of the dash. Your local auto parts store probably has em on the shelf, or can help you track them down.

Over 5 years, I've seen no change or ill effects from using the higher wattage bulbs.





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Re: Dash/Console light are too dim.....

Good ground is a start. The Pot/rheostat might be going bad as you mentioned. Take it out and spray WD on it, then turn the bejesus out of it going back and forth,and see if that cleans it up. It might help. If not, they cost 25.00 for a delco and 19.00 for the repop.
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Re: Dash/Console light are too dim.....

What else is added to the electrical system. ie, electric fans, electronic ignition? What size alternater do you have? Might have to get more amps.

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Re: Dash/Console light are too dim.....

I have a new switch I just haven't put it in yet. I did put in an all new cluster and gauges because the PO had modified the dash with Moon Gauges. I also added the console gauges. (Of course the fuel gauge doesn't work right!). The reostat works it just seems the lights should be brighter.

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Re: Dash/Console light are too dim.....

As JimM suggested, check the cluster ground is attached or add one.

Also, on the bulbs, you could hot wire a battery to them for a full 12-13 volts to view the brightness. If they are still dark, then change the bulbs, otherwise, it could be the switch.

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Re: Dash/Console light are too dim.....

Because you mentioned fuel gauge, I would reground the instrument cluster. JimM suggested this to me months ago and it not only cured my gauge reading issue, but my dash lights are as bright as stock should be.

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