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Old 11 Jul 2013, 08:31 pm
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Default Dashboard and Instrimentation lights

I just brought home my "new" PT Cruiser to replace my "totalled" car

The 60 mile ride home was pleasant.. smooth and no issues EXCEPT..

The lighting of odometer and radio disappeared when I turn on the headlights. I didn't relate it to that since on my departed PT the radio lights would go to sleep periodically.

As I approached home I noticed that they dimly returned. And when I stopped to run into CVS, everything came back on when I re-started, but started to did again

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Old 11 Jul 2013, 09:46 pm
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on the turn signal stalk, is the dimmer all the way up?
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Old 12 Jul 2013, 05:46 am
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on the turn signal stalk, is the dimmer all the way up?
hmm. I don't know. I didn't even know that such a dimmer was there. I will check that out
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Old 12 Jul 2013, 10:29 am
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I didn't even know that such a dimmer was there:confused.:
Its the dial on the innermost part of the MFS that looks like the adjustment dial for intermittent wiper interval......Only it adjusts the dash/interior light level & also turns on/off the dome light: http://images.whisystems.com/smartpa...1763_FRONT.JPG
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Default Re: Dashboard and Instrimentation lights

OK, a primer for new, first time PT buyers.
Read the owner's manual!
You don't have an owner's manual? You can download from the internet (HT to CREWZIN for link)
My Chrysler: Chrysler Owners Service Manuals - Chrysler Cars, Minivans, SUVs, Convertibles, Crossovers
Back to younewbie (sic), try everything. Lift, push, 'puxe' (Portugese for pull), twist, adjust- Learn.

Now learn about the rheostat-dimmer control on the left-side lighting control-stalk of the multi-function switch (pictured).
When rotated (notice the circle, widening bar, two squares), the interior lights of the dash and radio and overhead illumination are controlled in this manner.
Circle Off-
dash will not be illuminated and overhead light will not illuminate when doors are opened.
Bar On-
from minimum to maximum dash lighting. The overhead and map lights do not brighten and dim.
Square 1st-
Turns the radio/ dash and overhead console displays to maximum, (this includes the odometer, cruise on, etc). Sometimes called "parade mode", this setting allows you to see dash information with daytime headlights on.
Square 2nd-
Turns on the interior overhead lighting. When on, the lights do not turn off when closing the doors. Interior lighting is supposed to time out and shut off automatically; most likely controlled by the instrument panel logics.


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Its the dial on the innermost part of the MFS that looks like the adjustment dial for intermittent wiper interval......Only it adjusts the dash/interior light level & also turns on/off the dome light: http://images.whisystems.com/smartpa...1763_FRONT.JPG
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And if you want an original owners manual,you can find them on Ebay fairly cheap.....That's what I did,just so I'll have one in the glove box at all times.Factory OEM 2003 03 Chrysler PT Cruiser Operators Owners Manual Booklet | eBay
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