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Lights on stock radio a "no go"

974X4BLACKSPORT

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BLACK 1997 SPORT 4 BY 4
1997 Sport with the factory radio /cassette/6 disk changer, the radio works but there are no lights on any of the buttons, even with the headlights turned on, but the display and all works, has the time and channel shows just fine. ALSO, there is no illumination for the headlight controls, another thing is the "Cruise", "O/D off",
"4x4 high" and "4x4 low" lights on the instrument cluster turn off when the head lights are turned "ON" , I am thinking there must be something wrong with the headlight switch or dimmer.
Has anyone else encountered this problem before?
 






I've resoldered the dimmer switch power transistor. Anything it controls was not illuminated.
 






Yeah pull the dimmer out and inspect it. If not the solder joins then the copper tracks and roller contact may be oxidized and need cleaned and regreased. There's a topic or two in this forum about it, including pics.
 






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