My dash light will not come on but gauges still work and headlights? is it a short?

Asked by Mar 27, 2014 at 11:14 AM about the 2005 Pontiac Sunfire Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

i have a 2005 sunfire and i was driving one day then my dash lights, fan lights, and the fog switch all go out but yet my headlights and tailights work fine gauges work good but when i turn my headlights on the dash lights wont come on.  when i turn my car off sometimes they will come back on. someone help for a fix here please

5 Answers

4,515

Check the dimmer switch. It can intermittently knock out your dash lights when it starts to go bad. Replacement dimmer is about $50. Be sure to disconnect the battery before replacing any electrical items.

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.

would that knock the dome light out also? even with the dash lights out i can use the dimmer to turn the dome lights on

4,515

The dimmer switch has two parts - basically a rheostat to change the dash light brightness, and a simple contact switch to control the dome light. The rheostat goes bad, but the dome light will still work. Try running the dimmer up and down a few times and see if your dash lights work, or flicker.

4 out of 4 people think this is helpful.

no it dont

This is my problem as well. Except it had never worked. Bought it 2 days ago.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • Car will crank fine, but will not start. 80 answers

    I have a 2000 pontiac sunfire. It will not start. The computer will not read my car when connected but hasn't for several years and it had no problem running until now. I drove the car one day (seve...

    2000 Pontiac Sunfire

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Low beam and daytime headlights won't work. Service light is on 1 answer

    My service light has been on for about a week and now my daytime and low beam headlights don't work. I am going to check for a faulty fuse and possibly replace the lamps. I was wondering if anyone has...

    2002 Pontiac Sunfire SE

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • electrical problem 2 answers

    I keep having the drivers side headlight blow out and the daytime running lights don't work and the service light is on. Now the right rear turn signal light keeps blowing. can someone tell me where t...

    Pontiac Sunfire

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • What make the headlight indicated blink 10 times and turn on the service wrench indicator? 3 answers

    2002 Pontiac Sunfire

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Front headlights won't work 21 answers

    We have a 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix. We have replaced the bulbs and checked the fuse which was okay but the front headlights still will not come on. The bright head lights and running lights still wor...

    2007 Pontiac Grand Prix Base

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

Sunfire

Looking for a Used Sunfire in your area?

CarGurus has 445 nationwide Sunfire listings and the tools to find you a great deal.

ZIP:

Search Pontiac Sunfire Questions

Pontiac Sunfire Experts

#1 John Saffrahn
John Saffrahn
Reputation 2,590
#2 Joeyadams
Joeyadams
Reputation 1,310
#3 Warren0007
Warren0007
Reputation 1,230
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Cavalier
1,332 listings
Used Pontiac Grand Am
1,649 listings starting at $1,995
Used Ford F-150
2,700 Great Deals out of 212,349 listings starting at $1,000
Used Pontiac G6
78 Great Deals out of 5,116 listings starting at $499
Used Pontiac Grand Prix
28 Great Deals out of 3,715 listings starting at $1,100
Used Ford Mustang
363 Great Deals out of 44,490 listings starting at $1,000
Used Chevrolet Cobalt
43 Great Deals out of 4,796 listings starting at $1,500
Used Honda Civic
668 Great Deals out of 77,419 listings starting at $1,000
Used Ford Focus
699 Great Deals out of 58,723 listings starting at $995
Used Mitsubishi Eclipse
23 Great Deals out of 1,518 listings starting at $2,498
Used Toyota Camry
1,094 Great Deals out of 96,265 listings starting at $1,250
Used Pontiac Solstice
13 Great Deals out of 492 listings starting at $3,999
Used Honda Accord
814 Great Deals out of 81,613 listings starting at $899