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Old February 2nd, 2016, 09:50 AM
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No lights on Gauges? Defender

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The gauge cluster does not light up when I turn the lights on. The headlights, dash warnings, exterior corners etc do, but not the gauges. 1989 Defender 110 V8.
Any ideas?

Than you
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Old February 2nd, 2016, 11:18 AM
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Old February 2nd, 2016, 12:07 PM
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Hello, The gauge cluster does not light up when I turn the lights on. The headlights, dash warnings, exterior corners etc do, but not the gauges. 1989 Defender 110 V8. Any ideas? Than you
Wriggle your headlight switch, that thing goes quickly and that is the first symptom
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Old February 2nd, 2016, 12:09 PM
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Hello,
The gauge cluster does not light up when I turn the lights on. The headlights, dash warnings, exterior corners etc do, but not the gauges. 1989 Defender 110 V8.
Any ideas?

Than you
The gauges have a weird daisy chained ground attached to the brackets that hold them in place, easily could be frayed or have come loose with vibration, they are just little nuts (at least on my 85) if you look at a tutorial on how to change over the lights to LEDs (which I did recently) you will see these grounds, I'd be willing to bet one of those little turn screws has backed off far enough to eliminate the grounding chain
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Old February 2nd, 2016, 12:13 PM
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Excellent info, will check the daisy grounds and the switch and reply the outcome. Any idea where to find the LED thread that shows the ground?
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Old February 2nd, 2016, 12:16 PM
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it's been posted before but this link is great for searching the forum:

https://cse.google.com/cse/publicurl...95:8zpbxe3x-t4


runs a google search against D90, much more intuitive then using the search on the site

if you put 'LED gauge install' in it you will find the several threads
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it's been posted before but this link is great for searching the forum:
Can't we just link the "search" button to that?! The site search sucks donkey balls.
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Old February 2nd, 2016, 12:29 PM
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Excellent info, will check the daisy grounds and the switch and reply the outcome. Any idea where to find the LED thread that shows the ground?
I don't think the ground is mentioned anywhere, but its worth doing the led install and taking a look inside to check those grounds while you are at it. they are very obvious when you lift the panel up.

if you remove the gauges a piece of electrical tape to hold the brackets in place while you lower it in to hook the grounds back on is your friend, I did it the other day in 0 degree weather.
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Old February 2nd, 2016, 12:35 PM
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Keep in mind he has a TD5..... Not the same as what most are used to.
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Keep in mind he has a TD5..... Not the same as what most are used to.
Do TD5 trucks have the switch to dim the gauges? I've seen that fall apart on a few Defenders.
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I have a few Defenders. This one is an 1989 V8

Will go investigate. Sound like a pretty lousy ground for the dash. As for the search, That's a great tip.. the Forum search is almost useless...
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the Forum search is completely useless...
Fixed it for you.
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I didn't search anywhere anyway
Fixed it for you.

Fixed it for you.
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Old February 3rd, 2016, 07:17 PM
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Grounds seemed ok.
Could the light switch need replacing? corner lights, headlights+ high beam all work, just not the gauges.

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Check your rear lights too. If they are out AND no dash lights it's the switch
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Rear lights work.... Just not the dash. Hmmm
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resurrection from the dead.
Was this ever figured out?

I think have the same issue. Gauges are dead and the lights and the gauge lights don't work. I did check the fuse and the all the other lights work.

I did switch over my hazard, dome, and heated window switches to carling switches. I ditched the three way but i didn't think that affected it the functionality of the gauge lights.
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Hello
For me it was embarrassingly simple.
It was a switch on the left side that turned the dash lights on and off....
Hope you sort it out!
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Old January 18th, 2017, 09:22 PM
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haha, that happened to me once as well.

I got rid of that when i upgraded to carling switches.
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