Fixing Broken Dash Indicator Lamp
The lights found on a car's dashboard are indicators for you to gauge your vehicle's condition. The lights notify you about your vehicle's fuel level, temperature, oil level, engine function, and even if your doors are still open. Though different brands and make models have different indicator lights, all are exposed to malfunctioning. At first, a broken dash indicator lamp may seem to be a minor annoyance, but having this problem can pose severe safety hazards to you and your car. Avoid this by locating and fixing the problematic dash indicator lamp. Below are step for you to follow in order to help you fix your broken dash indicator lamp.
Difficulty level: Easy
Things you'll need:
- You car's manual
- Light indicator fuses (Optional)
- Dashboard Light Bulbs (Optional)
- Light bulb grease (Optional)
Steps 1: A broken light may be caused by a number of things and in order to locate where the problem occurs you have to do a process of elimination. Start by checking if the dashboard dim switch is turned off. The switch, if your car has one, is located somewhere on a console by the steering column or part of the headlight switch.
Step 2: If step 1 did not fix the issue, you can check the car's fuse box and look for a blown fuse. A blown fuse can disable your car's dashboard light. Generally, the fuse box can be found above the brake pedal on the left side. If the fuse box is not there, kindly refer to your car's manual to check where it is.
Step 3: Once you have located the fuse box, use the fuse guide to locate the fuse for the car's indicator lights. Check if the fuse is blown and change it if necessary. If the indicator lights work after changing the fuse, then you have fixed the issue.
Quick note: Be sure to use the correct dashboard light fuse when replacing the blown fuse. This is to avoid possible electrical failure in your car's dashboard.
Step 4: If the indicators are still not lighting up after checking and changing the fuses, then the problem could be due to faulty dashboard light bulbs. To check this, you have to remove the faceplate covering the car's dashboard. Before working on the dash, make sure that the car battery is disconnected.
Step 5: Referring to the car's manual, remove the screws holding the faceplate that covers the dashboard gauge panel. Be careful when removing the faceplate because some of the bulbs found behind the panel are irreplaceable. When broken, it has to be brought to a certified instrument panel service facility to be fixed.
Step 6: After removing the plate, check if the wires leading to the broken bulb is loose. A loose wire can cause the dashboard lights to malfunction and thus needs replacement.
Step 7: After checking the wires, check the bulbs. Remove them by twisting then pulling the bulb from the socket. Examine the bulb's filament for any damage. If there is any discoloration or charring in the bulb, replace it.
Step 8: Apply bulb grease on the metal base before inserting the new bulb/bulbs.
If the problem still persists it's recommended that you take your car to a professional. The problem may be due to faulty wiring.