89 formula dash light problem

04-05-2009, 04:54 PM
i have no gauge illumination...a few days ago i was driving at night and when i hit the high beams the dash went dark....the 5 amp fuse was blown so i changed it...it worked for about 30 seconds then blew the fuse again so i put a 10 amp fuse instead of a 5 and it worked for about 30 secs again then went dark but didn't blow the fuse...please help me

04-05-2009, 05:27 PM
NEVER put in a higher amp fuse in a circuit that keeps blowing fuses...You probably burned a wire since you said the fuse didn't blow.
One of the common places for a short is atthe EGR solenoid connector..this is wired to the gauge fuse circuit.

04-05-2009, 09:26 PM
i know it was a bad plan but i ran out of 5 amp fuses....i took the dash apart and the lower panel had a burn mark in the foam at the base of the steering column on the right hand side if your sitting in the driver seat

04-07-2009, 07:43 PM
so a little update i replaced the green wire running from the headlight switch to the fuse box and i must not have used a high enough gauge wire cause it caught on fire and shot flames out my driver side vent...I'm waiting for it to warm up so i can tear into it...good thing i have a few parts cars

04-08-2009, 09:51 AM
Did you install the correct amperage fuse?

04-09-2009, 04:32 PM
i did...the fire was from the headlight switch...the brightness knob melted (not the wire i installed) so ill replace that when i get paid

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