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Old 01-16-2001, 10:42 AM
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My first problem has been resolved I know how to start car- Thanks

Now my new problem no dash board lights or glow lights is there any adjustments on that dash board or do I need dash board glow lights or what--Everything else works fine
1976 240d

[Edited by sheila on 01-16-2001 at 12:31 PM]

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Old 01-16-2001, 12:03 PM
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What year and type car?
  • 2001 E320
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Old 01-16-2001, 05:35 PM
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Welcome Sheila,
I noticed you edit your initial message after you were asked about the year and type of car...Anyhow, I am not sure about your car but, if you have a dimmer, that may be your problem. Do a "search" on the right upper corner of your screen. I don't think I'd seen anything on how to start a car but, I am sure the lights will be there...:^)
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Old 01-16-2001, 11:20 PM
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By The Glow Of The Dashboard Lights...

With apologies to MeatLoaf.

Sheila, I don't know your model and year of car, but there should be a dimmer control on the dash somewhere. Likely to be a rotary knob in the vicinity of the headlamp switch.

If that doesn't work, there is a fusebox where it is fairly easy to figure out which fuse is defective. Mine is under the hood, on the driver's side.

Even if there is no card or sticker to use as a guide, the german fuses are not like American cars, the fusible contact is on the outside, so it should be fairly easy to figure out which one does not have a continuous contact running from one end to the other. Make sure the lights are off and replace the "blown" fuse (hopefuly there are spares in the spare fuse rack in the fusebox, or in the glovebox). Then try the headlamps again, and see if that fixed the problem. If not, check the fuse again. If the same one is "blown" again, you have a "short" somewhere in that circuit.

If all else fails, go to your previous thread (question about starting), and at the bottom of each post, there is a link to email that particular member. Send your question to the member who helped you with that problem, he knows your car very well. Also, one of the members on the forum is named Patsy, and she is an expert on the 70's cars...

I hope this helps.
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Old 01-17-2001, 12:12 AM
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If the fuses are all good, then give the potentiometer a work out.

The potentiometer (dimmer) should be somewhere in the instrument cluster (not sure about location on your car), the trip reset is a knob that protrudes from the gauges and the potentiometer looks just like it, usually on the opposite side of the cluster. On some models the trip reset and potentiometer are a combined unit. Once you figure out which is the dimmer, twist it stop to stop (l-r) several times, this will help to erode the corrosion on the contacts that has most likely built up over the years.

I had the same problem on the 280 some time back, and after a little work out, I too could see paradise by the dashboard lights.
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Old 01-17-2001, 10:58 PM
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Seeing as your car has lived through 24 years of use, it is possible that your light bulbs may be burned out. Although unlikely, not impossible. You stated that you got the correct instructions from your previous post...were you able to start the car? ...if so, then I would think that the glowplugs are working, and that the lightbulb is not.
Of course, I could be full of crap too.

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