'97 dash lights not working

Discussion in 'Chevy C/K Truck Forum' started by safetyfast, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. safetyfast

    safetyfast New Member

    Got in my truck tonight and the dash lights aren't on. Changed the fuse with no luck and the dimmer does not make them come on. Still have the warning lights and the led for the PRNL321. Is the bulb dead and how hard is replacement?
  2. safetyfast

    safetyfast New Member

    Well, I figured out the instrument panel removal. I'm amazed at how easy it is. However, the bulbs weren't burned out. That leads me to wonder if it's not the dimmer switch. Anyone know how to check a dimmer switch?
  3. grimreapersshadow

    grimreapersshadow Rockstar 100 Posts

    not sure on exactly how but there cheep to get a new one check out www.lmctruck.com probably would be the best solution instead of messing around with a junkyard piece that could burn up /melt other parts
  4. safetyfast

    safetyfast New Member

    Probably not a bad idea. I'm waiting on an LMC catalog.
  5. grimreapersshadow

    grimreapersshadow Rockstar 100 Posts

  6. Mean_Green_95

    Mean_Green_95 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    I can almost guarantee that it is the dimmer switch. When it is dark, turn the switch for the dash lights, if you see the lights flicker, then it is the dimmer switch. The little contact that heats up and bends to break the conection then straightens back out to reconnect is busted. My gf's Sonata did this, and her grandpaw didn't believe me. Cost him $200 for a $20 fix.
  7. safetyfast

    safetyfast New Member

    Good news. It's fixed. Fuse number 9, which is labled "parking lights" was blown and that fixed it. Didn't expect dash lights to be on that fuse.
  8. jmeastbend

    jmeastbend New Member

    Dash lights not working

    98 Silverado fuse # 9 fixed the dash lights not working.
    Thanks a lot.
  9. sixfour

    sixfour New Member

    I have an issue with my 1997 suburban dash lights being out and all. and my rear left tail light is not working , no brake light no turnling light right side is fine. HELP
  10. RayVoy

    RayVoy Epic Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts

    I'd say you have two problems, probably not related. The tail lights could be a bulb(s), could bee a bad circuit board, or broken wires under the bed.

    The dash lights could be the fuse others pointed to, or a bad switch assembly, or maybe you have turned them off at the switch assembly

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