Instrument panel & parking lights do not work

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Instrument panel & parking lights do not work

Postby Dagny » Sat Aug 01, 2020 10:38 pm

Hello, Gang--
Newbie here writing to get help! The incandescent lights for my instrument panel, climate control and glove box stopped working yesterday. The parking lights in front and back also do not work. Rotating the dimming switch does nothing. Pulled and checked all the fuses in the dash fuse box and they look fine. I don't know what to do next. Have any ideas??
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Re: Instrument panel & parking lights do not work

Postby vtxstar » Thu Aug 06, 2020 4:20 pm

There are several possibilities.
I've got a 99 Rodeo/Amigo wiring book (genuine Isuzu book) and would need to know if your 97 has similar wiring.

You *did* check the bulbs to make sure they were good? (with a continuity tester)

For 98, all the Dash/Console lights brightness are passed thru an 'Illumination Controller'.
The diagram shows this as a solid state module. Notes say 'Do not check resistance'.
This unit controls the current from the Dash lamps and it is inserted between the lamps and the ground/return.

To quote from the circuit operation description:
The Tail/Illumi Light fuse applies battery voltage at all times to the taillight relay.
When the lighting switch is in the HEAD or PARK position, the lighting switch provides ground to the taillight relay.
The taillight relay energizes providing battery voltage to the dash and console lights.
The brightness of the lights is controlled by the illumination controller.
The illumination controller is a solid-state device which controls the ground path provided to the lights.


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Re: Instrument panel & parking lights do not work

Postby vtxstar » Fri Aug 07, 2020 4:47 pm

Here's a Haynes manual clip for 95 and later showing interior wiring...
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Re: Instrument panel & parking lights do not work

Postby Dagny » Sat Aug 08, 2020 11:55 am

This is helpful. Thanks for sending!
An update: the tail lights actually do NOT work when the headlights are on. Also, forgot to mention...in the past 3 months, I have had to replaced the right tail light bulb 2x for blowing which is out of the ordinary for this car. Not sure if that's relevant.
Digging around today.
Thanks again for your time and efforts!
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Re: Instrument panel & parking lights do not work

Postby Dagny » Sun Aug 09, 2020 1:46 pm

Solved! I figured it was one of three things...illumination switch, headlight "wand" on steering column or tail light relay and thought I'd start with the easiest and cheapest. O'Reilly's actually had a '97 tail light relay (in stock!) and that fixed it!!! $16 plus tax--ha! All the instrument panel lights, climate control lights, glove box lights, tail lights and license plate light works.
Very grateful for your help sharing just the right information, Doug!
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Re: Instrument panel & parking lights do not work

Postby vtxstar » Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:19 am

You are very welcome!
With old vehicles scattered across so many countries and markets, it takes all of our combined resources to keep them running.

Enjoy the ride!
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