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Old 11-25-2007, 09:42 AM   #1
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In my 94 SSEi, I just the very last time I drove it had for the first time this ridiculous thing happen. I don't know why, but my dash lights just won't turn on. I've messed with the brightness setting to see if it was accidentally faded down, so that'* absolutely not the way to go about fixing this.

However, when I spin the dial to turn down the lights, the info window that shows my warnings for door ajar, gas tank, tail light, headlight information is always at full brightness. Also, the temperature control is fully bright.

So, I can't change the brightness from the two panels for temperature controls and the outline of my car in the gauge cluster. They're always at full brightness, and probably just the smallest little bit brighter. That could just be because I have no other lights around them, though. I didn't look at the steering wheel, but the buttons for temperature controls have no back lights.

Where do I start tracing? Weird as it may seem, nothing was done to the car prior to this issue. I'm going to check all the wires under the hood, but every single light is otherwise fine.
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Old 11-27-2007, 03:46 PM   #2
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There is a relay or a switch that turns on the dash/radio/hvac lights when the headlights come on. I don't know where it is, but that'* what I'd look for.
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The headlights yesterday were on, but barely, and I couldn't shut off the fog lights, though the button'* light wasn't on. Whenever I'd press the gas pedal 1/2 or more, the HUD and dash would display simultaneously a constant left turn signal and bright lamp warning. Neither of these turned on in reality, however. Also, I was driving on a very dark road and noticed that I could see with the right side, which actually has some bracket issue and therefore points way down. I'll fix that soon, too.

The left side low beam head lamp dims to about 50% all the time, as well as both fog lights. Both brights turn on just fine, though more dim than usual. From time to time, this quits and everything is fine. As I was driving yesterday night, I was almost rear ended by someone who soon after slowing down flashed his high beams until I pulled out the headlight thing. Even though the headlights turned on automatically, the tail lights evidently were not on. The dashboard'* little screen shows that the tail lights are out, and the lights on the trunk lid just won't come on no matter what. The outer lights work just fine, though.

I've had this 50% throttle causing stuff to malfunction problem before, and it was because the windshield washer fluid reservoir'* bolt went through a couple wires for the headlights. That'* been fixed since, but evidently the problem is back. Though I'm trying to get some 94 service manuals, I don't have them yet. I'll check alldata, but can someone tell me exactly where the relays and fuses for the turn signals, head and tail lights, and brights and brakes are? That would be very, very helpful.
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Mr RAD, didn't you replace the carpet in your car not too long ago? Check the ground bus connectors (one on each side) under the carpet next to each seat. check this thread out: http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...=article&k=102
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I did take out the carpet recently, so I could do it again. I actually have had issues with my power windows, lessened fuel pump pressure, and some weird power seat problems. The other stuff seems ok, though. Thank you very much for showing me that! I'm going to check on that and let you know how it turns out.
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Any luck with it?
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I've just broken free of the chains of school and sleep. I'm about to go outside right now with a sawsall and do some exhaust work and rip out the carpeting again. Seems like a fun day. Pictures galore coming up...
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I'm very sorry about this strange update lapse. I pulled my Bonneville into a friend'* heated garage, and work was started. Hopefully, I can get to finish it soon, but I haven't been back in a couple of days. I'm now driving a Mercury Sable.

Here are some pictures:

When I first arrived:
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Crazy spoiler!
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That'* actually an exterior door panel.

Cleaned up and ready for work:
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The house is undergoing renovation, so the Bonnie fits right in:
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Here'* where I ran into problems. Basically, the seat control has several settings, but they unfortunately all move either only the driver'* side seat or neither. This is horrifying because it'* so much easier to move the seats when you can see the bolts you're unscrewing.
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My "lair:"
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Work should start soon on disassembling this and various other things, but anything not related to this will be in my other post from a long time ago. I'll give you a link soon. Here'* one more picture:
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'Tis rice, yes.
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So, get it fixed yet? Rice, not quite... more like boil in bag. You need some stickers that add at least 50 hp to be thought of as real rice.
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