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Old May 30th, 2012, 10:19 PM
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Does any one know what this switch should do?

Hey all! ive got this mistery switch on the left side of my steering column. any one know what it should do? i cant seam to figure anything out
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Old May 30th, 2012, 10:23 PM
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ive looked on line and downloaded some manuals (both repair and owner) but dont find any comments about it
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Old May 30th, 2012, 10:24 PM
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Interior light dimmer. At night you can adjust your dash from "are my dash lights working?" to "wow, yeah I guess my lights were actually on."
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Old May 30th, 2012, 10:44 PM
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Yes it's the dash light dimmer. And I found out this evening that mine is broken and my dash lights would be nice and bright if it did work

Any idea if these are still available?
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Old May 31st, 2012, 12:26 AM
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Wait....these are on NAS trucks? Do they all have them?

Threw me as this is in the wrong section (Series). Where the heck is it, may explain why I can't see sh*t at night on my 90 (I have to either carry a flashlight or use a gps to see how fast I'm going).
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Old May 31st, 2012, 02:37 AM
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sorry. i didnt realized i posted my question in the wrong place. where should i have posted it? i have tons of questions like this one.

also its to the left of my steering column very low on the dash board. in the pick i posted u can see the additional a/c vent just below.

ok. so ots a dask light dimmer? then why is it a switch? i would think a dimmer would be a knob or something to alow variability. but a switch- so there is only high and low?
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Old May 31st, 2012, 05:54 AM
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sorry. i didnt realized i posted my question in the wrong place. where should i have posted it? i have tons of questions like this one.

also its to the left of my steering column very low on the dash board. in the pick i posted u can see the additional a/c vent just below.

ok. so ots a dask light dimmer? then why is it a switch? i would think a dimmer would be a knob or something to alow variability. but a switch- so there is only high and low?


It's a 'dimmer' with only two settings - ON or OFF


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sorry. i didnt realized i posted my question in the wrong place. where should i have posted it? i have tons of questions like this one.

also its to the left of my steering column very low on the dash board. in the pick i posted u can see the additional a/c vent just below.

ok. so ots a dask light dimmer? then why is it a switch? i would think a dimmer would be a knob or something to alow variability. but a switch- so there is only high and low?
Variable knobs must have been difficult for the British to develop, so they just threw in 2 position switches everywhere. My old Jag had a knob for the dash dimmer, but half way through turning you could feel it turn the "switch" over - so it was also just a 2 position switch in the end, even though it was disguised in a knob.
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sorry. i didnt realized i posted my question in the wrong place. where should i have posted it? i have tons of questions like this one.
I moved it to Defender Technical Discussions. This is the best place to post for Defender questions

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ok. so ots a dask light dimmer? then why is it a switch? i would think a dimmer would be a knob or something to alow variability. but a switch- so there is only high and low?
I *think when working it it both a switch and a variable resistor. At least that's my expectation, but mine has never worked. It's big enough to be more than a plain switch.
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yep, dash dimmer.. Low is "barely perceivable" and high is "still pretty low"
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2-position; "dim" & "bright"; repair is easy; replacements are available RN, R-down south, etc. $45 I think, accessory switch for rear light etc is about $14, has the same internals, however, a different plug pattern. Ebay - Lucas YUF101590 Illuminated Dash Light Switch for Land Rover Defender, SQB713
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Unscrew warning light bar from center of instrument console, reach down and push switch out; spring tabs located top & bottom of switch. (Alternately, take instrument cluster off to access); switch & dash easily break so prying out from the front generally won’t work.
-1st check to see if it’s plugged in; 3 prong plug
-if yes, unplug, clean contacts both ends, (steel wool, scrap, etc)
-plug back in; make sure all prongs are making contact. (Wiggle)
-if not working, check to see if you have power at plug terminal, simple tester (ignition on). No power, check fuses, etc…
-I took mine apart and found that the internal spring & contacts no longer made contact as one rear tab was broken; cleaned, assembled, and epoxy. (Pay attention to parts, I had to take apart the accessory switch to see how the guts went together)
-I also duct-taped the plug/switch together as it doesn’t hold together very well…typical Brit-part-electrical junk…
-add to “to –do list”; repair/replace all the broken tabs you just broke taking off the instrument cluster…!
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The lower corner piece of the dash comes off easily without risk of breaking tabs or anything and gives easy access. Mine is falling apart and a tab fell out of it when pulled on the connector (although it isn't part of the connector). I think a new one is the best idea.

Mmh $130 at RN is a bit steep though. Can't even find it on AB. Time for a UK order
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The lower corner piece of the dash comes off easily without risk of breaking tabs or anything and gives easy access. Mine is falling apart and a tab fell out of it when pulled on the connector (although it isn't part of the connector). I think a new one is the best idea.

Mmh $130 at RN is a bit steep though. Can't even find it on AB. Time for a UK order
Let me investigate mine before ordering...I don't remember seeing it on there, but based on my lack of vis at night I'm guessing I may need one too.

You have a part #?
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Ebay UK - Lucas YUF101590 Illuminated Dash Light Switch for Land Rover Defender, SQB713

$25 ebay-UK , shipped
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That's even cheaper than here, which is my usual go-to spot:
http://www.lrseries.com/shop/product...arch=YUF101590
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It was under $20 shipped via the ones for sale via the ebay link. Were 7 available when I got mine.
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I wonder if Brits have better night vision than us on this side of the pond...
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I wonder if Brits have better night vision than us on this side of the pond...
It's a medical fact that we do* ... it has developed because the weather is so crappy that we need less available light to see clearly.








** when I say fact, it's more like a made up claim than a real fact ... but it's similar in a dissimilar way.
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