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post #1 of 3 Old 12-26-2013, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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Gauges in cluster work, but no illumination!

So this makes absolutely no logical sense to me, but I'll report the facts as I know them regardless.

2006 Ford F250 King Ranch

So I took the truck to Just Brakes today and got the front axle done. Brand new calipers, rotor, and pads. After they finished, the mechanic took the truck for a short test drive to verify that all the new equipment had been properly installed. All was well. I noticed later tonight, after the sun went down, that my headlights weren't coming on. He had switched off the automatic headlights. Not sure why he'd mess with that, as it has nothing to do with the test drive, during daytime conditions. Anyway, I turned the switch back to automatic. As it got darker, I finally realized that the cluster was not illuminated. Everything else works fine. Radio works fine, all the cab lights work fine, AC, 4X4, etc. Everything. The digital read out does work. It's only the backlighting on the gauges themselves.

I googled the issue and all I could find was a list of fuses that could affect the cluster. I checked all the fuses, and none of them are blown. It makes no logical sense to me that a brake job could affect the cluster lights, and I'm not sure what he could have possibly messed up during the test drive to cause this either.

Does anyone have any ideas? I do a LARGE majority of my driving at night, and reaaaaallly need those lights fixed...

Thanks in advance yall!
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Update:
I just realized that the rolling dimmer wheel thing isn't dimming my radio display anymore. Maybe it has something to do with the wheel itself?
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I pulled every fuse when I finally got it into some daylight. Fuse 17 (15amp - "Exterior Lamps) was blown. Replaced with a 20A and it worked for a couple weeks. It just blew on me again. Immediately replaced it with another 20A and it instantly popped. Obviously I've got another problem somewhere else. Any ideas?
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