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Old 03-05-2018, 07:14 PM   #1  
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Just picked up a '89 and I have a few issues I was hoping someone could help. I've done the whole google search but a lot of the threads seem to never get solved or replied too. My issues are when I turn my lights on --at night-- my dash dims to the point it cannot be seen. I also get a non flashing right turn signal indication and no turn signal. I've read that these can be related. All turn signals work when lights are off and flashers. Flashing a light to sensor on the dash causes the dash to illuminate. I've also tried wiggling the indicators harnesses. Any ideas what I should try next?
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Just picked up a '89 and I have a few issues I was hoping someone could help. I've done the whole google search but a lot of the threads seem to never get solved or replied too. My issues are when I turn my lights on --at night-- my dash dims to the point it cannot be seen. I also get a non flashing right turn signal indication and no turn signal. I've read that these can be related. All turn signals work when lights are off and flashers. Flashing a light to sensor on the dash causes the dash to illuminate. I've also tried wiggling the indicators harnesses. Any ideas what I should try next?
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Have you tried turning the headlight switch ****? that controls the dash brightness at night also.

The indicator lamp brightness is not controlled by the dash, if they are going blank its usually the connector pins.
A bad connection there will cause these type of ground problems...
See link below to a repair kit from Batee

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Backlight-R...BS7qvI&vxp=mtr

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I've replaced the headlight switch and still have the same problems. Adjusting the **** does nothing, I've also noticed the center console's switches don't light up at all. I've checked all the fuses.
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Sounds like a bad ground somewhere to me.
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Sounds like a bad ground somewhere to me.


check out Batee.com website. I think you'll find all the info, parts and repair services you'll ever need for the Atari Dash repair. Did mine and I'm very pleased with the results.
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Sounds like a bad ground somewhere to me.
Our cars have ground points all over the place. Below is a picture of the ground point in the drivers footwell. Below that is the fastener holding it on. 27 years (at the time) worth of corrosion to build up.






Here's the driver's door lock switch when I was diagnosing an intermittent problem.




A small brass brush and Scotch Brite are great for cleaning these items up. Then spray on some DeoxIT. If there's still a Radio Shack in your area, they may have it. Guitar Center stocks it as well I've noticed.
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Updating, I have since got the cluster refurbished, check and changed all fuses, cleaned the grounds under the brake booster, engine block, drivers foot well, passenger foot well. Still no change.
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Sounds to me like the running lights are finding a ground path through the right side turn signal circuit.
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It could be as easy as a screwed up brake/turn signal bulb.

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I have since fixed my dash issue, not sure which or if all contributed but now everything lights up and dims like its supposed too. Also my turn signal problem was the metal clip inside the front rights housing was broken off and wedged down into to socket. Only barely visible and comparing the left and right sides I noticed the tab missing. Everything works right now!
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