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    Lightbulb Dash Lighting Questions and Rheostat Wiring Question

    Hello!!! Sooo.... I have no dash lights. I've read about a few rheostat wiring changes, but I think my wiring has been altered by the PO. I've enclosed a picture the two wires that were plugged into the rheostat, and their locations when i pulled the plate off...



    and heres the two wires. Two wires (red with yellow stripe) go into one plug.



    Ideas? i dont need the dimming feature, I'd just like dash lights

    Thanks!!! Every one of you are AWESOME!

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    I have the same doubled up wires, and I think that it's factory. But it does look like you only have 2 connections, and I know there should be 3. It looks from your first photo that there's a wire folded over and wrapped into the harness, might that be another connector?

    Here's how my working rheostat was wired before I unhooked it and put in a three-way jumper instead.

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    the first photo shows the wire being taped up (tucked back in) the second picture is after i pulled the tape back and showed a little bare wire, so i retaped it to protect (second picture) I'm going to start digging for the third wire plug...

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    ah HA! A third wire!! BURIED!!! but i found it

    ...when i did i plugged them all in, and not ONLY do my dash lights work, BUT the dimmer does too! AMAZING!!

    I'm totally stoked
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    Nice. Not sure how picky this circuit is about what plugs where, but like I said for reference - my photo was of a working rheostat. If you don't plan to dim the lights or have LEDs installed, just make up a quick 3-way jumper and cut the whole rheostat out of the picture. It may not even be working anyway, they are known to wear out. Good luck.
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