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    Hi all,

    Major problem - can somebody please help?

    I was changing a bulb behind the heater controls yesterday and im not sure what i have done but i suddenly dont have any background lights on the dash cluster, behind the heater controls or any lights on the window buttons etc. I still have the warning lights on the dash cluster like full beam, indicating left/right etc but no backlights. Also the buzzer that comes on if you leave your lights on and take the keys out of the ignition has stopped working as well.

    I have checked the fuses and cant see any blown.

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    Have you got a dash light dimmer anywhere mate. Im not sure of where it is on the compact, but on the normal E36 its to the left of the steering column cowling....
    I would check that you have not accidently knocked this first.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve23002 View Post
    Have you got a dash light dimmer anywhere mate. Im not sure of where it is on the compact, but on the normal E36 its to the left of the steering column cowling....
    I would check that you have not accidently knocked this first.
    On the compact its on the same control that operates the lights/sidelights on the right of the steering wheel. Yer one of the 1st things i checked but i have no backlights at all. Wish it was that simple lol
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    Right,
    The first thing to do would be to check with a mulitmeter that you have 12v going into the dimmer switch with the lights on....
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve23002 View Post
    Right,
    The first thing to do would be to check with a mulitmeter that you have 12v going into the dimmer switch with the lights on....
    Ok ill give that a go tonight. Any idea if i could have pulled a wire out/loose from behind the stereo/heater controls that operates all backlights?
    Im sure its more likely to be a fuse but the only fuses i have are located in the engine bay and are not the easiest to tell if blown or not

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    The fuse should be No 33 (10A) I think. The wiring for the illumination is grey/red if you're checking for anything disconnected.
    Check the fuse, check for power at the dimmer as Steve23002 says, I think the feed wire is red/white
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by gildersol View Post
    The fuse should be No 33 (10A) I think. The wiring for the illumination is grey/red if you're checking for anything disconnected.
    Check the fuse, check for power at the dimmer as Steve23002 says, I think the feed wire is red/white
    ok i have checked all the fuses this time and even swapped some around incase it was blown but not obvious and they all seem fine. I have checked for power on both of those wires and both have power The grey/red one has 12. something volts and the red/white one has 10. something. I have checked all connections and nothing is disconected or loose.

    I really am baffled with this one. ANy more help or a point in the right direction would be appreciated

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    Now I'm at home and see the diagrams I see that the fuse is actually No.37 and the feed wire is actually red/blue, so a bit of duff info there. The illumination wire is grey/red though.
    Have you checked where you were working to see if any wiring has been disturbed
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by gildersol View Post
    Now I'm at home and see the diagrams I see that the fuse is actually No.37 and the feed wire is actually red/blue, so a bit of duff info there. The illumination wire is grey/red though.
    Have you checked where you were working to see if any wiring has been disturbed
    Ok thanks mate, ill check again for fuse 37 really carefully to see if blown. I have the fuses that have a bit of see-through plastic over the top and its really hard to tell if it has blown. Ill check to see if there is current on the feed and illumination wires. The switch that operates the lights/sidelights and dimmer is an all in one switch but has 10 different wires going into it.

    Ill try what you have suggested and if still no joy, ill start taking photos of what i have and ill post them up.

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    I would actually remove the fuse, it much easier to see them when they are out...
    Or if you have a test lamp, you can check for a feed either side of the fuse...

    keep us posted how you get on.....
     
     

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