Jim Grant's Tech Tips
‘94 Nissan Maxima GXE, Dead Dash Display
Q: I own a ‘94 Nissan Maxima. I just replaced the transmission and while replacing the transmission, I pulled the motor to do a couple of gaskets and a timing belt. When I got it all back together and running, I found that I have no dash lights and none of my gauges are working. The shift lock is stuck, it won't come out of park! I checked over and over for unplugged wires, bad fuses or relays but I can't find the cause for the problem. Everything worked before I took it apart but, now I'm lost and really need some info on this.
- - Pat
A: The first check you should make is at the fuse panel inside the vehicle. On the left row of fuses in the fuse box count up 8 fuses and check this fuse with the key off. If there is no voltage in the same row count up 6 fuses and check for voltage with the key on. I think you'll find that there is no voltage at that fuse as well. If this is the case go to the left front fender. Next to the battery you will find a fusible link box. It is likely that there will be no electrical power to a couple of the fusible links and fuses in that box, they all should have power. If you unbolt the box and follow the larger wires, you'll find that they go to larger inline fusible links that travel to the battery. It is likely that one of those wires is damaged, disconnected or the fusible link has failed. It is an easy thing to do when performing the work you did on your vehicle. A close inspection in that area may get you back in gear with a working dash display.