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Bypass dash dimmer switch
« on: October 26, 2020, 09:01:18 PM »
Hi All,

My dash dimmer switch is no longer functioning. I have power at the fusebox but no dash lights. What is the quick procedure to bypass the dimmer switch so that the dash lights automatically come on when I turn the headlights on?

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Re: Bypass dash dimmer switch
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2020, 02:30:58 AM »
Just use a jumper wire from one side of the switch to the other. Mine had been that way for about eight years. Your lights will be on full but I find that just right.
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« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2020, 05:53:08 AM »
Thank you BlownMotor. I never use the panel dimmer switch unless it's to turn the interior lights on an that function still works, so I don't mind at all not having the dimmer capability.

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Re: Bypass dash dimmer switch
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2020, 08:16:54 AM »
You could also try to fix the Dimmer. Mine wasn't working either so I took it out and removed the back. Cleaned the coiled wire and the contact that slides over it and it works perfect now. as long as the coiled wire has continuity from one end to the other it should work with a bit of cleaning, just do it gently so you don`t break the coiled wire. If that doesn`t work the bypass works just fine, i had mine like that for years before I actually took the dimmer switch out.

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« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2020, 09:43:09 AM »
Jim, that's definitely my long term plan to have the switch repaired. I will use your guidance and initially try to fix it myself. Thanks!

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Re: Bypass dash dimmer switch
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2020, 10:08:56 PM »
I have an OE dash dimmer switch that I have been hanging onto for my Ď70 Challenger. Itís clean and itís been in a drawer in my garage for quite awhile now. I may want to sell it off if your interested but it is used, but I kept it because itís clean and it works. So, let me know, weíll work something out.
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Re: Bypass dash dimmer switch
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2020, 12:28:46 AM »
My dimmer switch was already bypassed when I got it, doesn't the dimmer control the dome light also?

Is there a way to keep the dimmer bypassed and still actuate the dome light? 

I like it better bypassed at full brightness which is still pretty dim..     But as good as it gets. 
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« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2020, 04:26:32 AM »
You could also try to fix the Dimmer. Mine wasn't working either so I took it out and removed the back. Cleaned the coiled wire and the contact
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« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2020, 01:18:56 PM »
@dodj Mine didn't break so i didn't have to replace it, sorry.

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Re: Bypass dash dimmer switch
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2020, 05:34:15 PM »
JS restorations can rebuild your dimmer switch if needed  :bigthumb:
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