View Full Version : cluster dash lights wont turn on

09-16-2012, 09:41 AM
ok so when i bought my s13 i noticed the cluster lights wont turn on i tought it was a fuse but they are all fine and then they told me to replace the white box next to the fuse box and i did and nothing happened but what i did notice when i open my trunk with the lever next to the seat my stereo completely cuts out any ideas

09-16-2012, 10:15 AM
I had the same problem in my s13 and it was a pain. The dash light works as a dummy light to let you know that your taillights are out. Typically they both go together. The little white box by your kickpanel is called the TCU. Now dont ask me what it does or why when it shorts you lose dash and taillights because all i know is thats what happens. You can open up that white box and look at the circuit board inside and if you see any burnt spots its fried. If the TCU is not the problem you should go download some wiring schematics and see if there are any wires that run along your trunk unlock mechanism. Good luck man wiring is a bitch lol

09-16-2012, 10:45 AM
im willing to bet theres a short in the wires running beside the gas/trunk lever. it runs to the cig lighter and the seat belt control under the center console. most of the power wires are red/blue stripe for the illumiation system in an s13, which also tie into the radio, and hvac. im pretty positive the radio, hvac and interior lighting are all on one fuse.

Also the tcu is for 2 things... the wiper delay (one click on the wiper stalk) and dimmer switch for interior lights. Like others say, get a FSM. which is out there. search ob google for s13 electrical fsm. theres one on nicoclub for sure...