I have a strange problem with my wife's 2002 Taurus with "analog"
cluster. When the parking/head lights are activated, the instrument
cluster lights do not come on. Instead, the 2 hazard/signal dash
lights come on (and do not blink.) The radio lights work and are
still dimmed by the dimmer control. The hazard lights are also still
controlled by the dimmer. The hazard system works, the headlight
switch light works, the dome light works, and all the "warning" type
lights are working. All else is working including the turn signals.
This seemed like a fuse to me but all possible fuses check ok. At
least all that are described with terms that sound relevant to me.
(Any tips on which fuse these are truly controlled by?)
I remember one of my old cars would turn some warning lamps on when a
different fuse blew out or something. Kind of like a "heads up" that
something's wrong. Is that why the hazard lights are coming on
instead of the cluster lights?
None of the instrument cluster area is lighting (other than the
hazards.) Tach, shift indicator, gas, temp, and speedometer are all
dark and were all working previously. I don't think they would all
use the same lamp?
Any hints or help would be greatly appreciated!