Dash & Shifter lights not working after radio install

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Kenneth Whelan, Sep 10, 2004.

  1. Hey all.. new to the groups but been reading up on them for a while.
    I've got a problem I can't find a solution for, but it may be an easy
    one to figure out for you guys.

    My car is a 1992 Volvo 240 Sedan.

    A few days ago a friend and I took out the factory radio and installed
    a cdplayer in the dash. We didnt use an adapter, but instead we cut
    the wires and wired them correctly (99% sure) to the wiring on the
    cdplayer. We also took out the factory speakers and put some other
    ones in, and replaced the wiring. We only replaced the front two and
    have left the rear speakers alone until we feel like it. We had to
    trail the new wire under the dash and under the glovebox and pull it
    tight so it wouldnt hang down and catch our feet or anything. Fine..
    great.. right?

    No.. and yes. Everything on the cdplayer works fine along with the two
    speakers we replaced. Thing is, now, neither the dash lights (just the
    lamps that illuminate the dash so I can see what speed and such I'm
    going at night) nor the shifter lights (P, R, etc, the little letters
    that light up) do not work. All of the warning lights and everything
    else works fine. Headlights work fine. It's just those two things.
    I've tried adjusting the dimmer on the lamps for the dash, but it
    doesn't do anything.

    Is it possible that I've knocked out a ground wire or some other kind
    of wire behind the dash from pulling the wires up tight behind it? Or
    something electrical? Those are really the only two things I could
    think of.. And it might be a waste to take the entire dash out for no
    reason and that not be the problem.

    If anybody has any suggestions or has had the same problem as me in
    the past, please help me out..

    Also, suggestions for new speaker mounts for my model would be
    helpful. As of now, I've just got the two speakers sitting in the
    holes where the old volvo speaker mounts used to be, with some tape
    holding them in place. :(

    Kenneth Whelan, Sep 10, 2004
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  2. Kenneth Whelan

    AB Guest

    Have you tried checking the fuses?
    Its possible you may have shorted a wire when doing the rewiring or perhaps
    have a crossed feed somewhere... A blown fuse will indicate if something
    isn't quite right...

    AB, Sep 10, 2004
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  3. Yeah.. I forgot to mention that in my original post.. I've checked the
    fuses.. they're all ok. The ones pertaining to the dash lights also go
    to my reverse signal lights, and the reverse signal lights work.. So
    it's definitely not a blown fuse.. I replaced it with a new one
    anyways to check.. but that isn't it.. :/

    Kenneth Whelan, Sep 10, 2004
  4. Kenneth Whelan

    AB Guest

    Ok then... what happens if you disconnect the radio (just disconnect the
    plug at the back of it)? Do the lights work now? If so you have something
    crosswired somewhere. If not then maybe there is a problem in your 'custom'
    AB, Sep 14, 2004
  5. Yeah, I tried that also.. No worky :/
    Kenneth Whelan, Sep 14, 2004
  6. Kenneth Whelan

    G Klein Guest

    on your original radio there should be a yellow wire for the radio panel
    lights if this is not connected this might cause your complaint

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    G Klein, Sep 14, 2004
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