Jim Grant's Tech Tips
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.
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.