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82 Mazda B-2000 Instrument Panel Lights
Q: I own an '82 Mazda B-2000 pick up truck. The instrument panel lights work fine in the spring and summer. But as soon as the weather starts getting cold, I have to bump on the dash to get the lights to come On the rheostat "dimmer switch" has been replaced. What could be the problem here? The fuses are making good contact . Thanks for any information you can give me. I don't mind bumping on the dash, but it's aggravating.

A: I suggest checking the electrical connector on the back of the instrument panel. From your description it sounds as if the connector is not locked incorrectly or the connector terminals have lost some tension and are in need of an adjustment to allow for better contact. Removing the instrument panel to check the connector is not difficult task. But then again it might be more entertaining to leave it alone. You can keep people guessing what's going on when they see you pounding on the dash of your vehicle.

 
     
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