Dash light and rear tail lights out 1968 buick riviera

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  1. silly

    silly Well-Known Member

    The other night I was driving my Rivi and I stopped for some gas and after getting gas I turned the lights back on and the dash lights wouldn't come on but the turn signal..hazard flashers all worked.. Brake lights work and turn signal works but the rear tail lights don't come on but the headlights do. I checked fuses and nothing was blown but replaced them anyways. Is my dimmer switch bad? Would that be reason the dash and rear tail lights don't work?
     
  2. SteeveeDee

    SteeveeDee Orange Acres

    More likely that the headlight switch is bad, if you replaced all the fuses. There are two different circuits for these, but they both go through the headlight switch. Use a test light to verify that both fuses are good before you dig into replacing the switch. I've seen many a fuse that looked good but wasn't...even when new.
     
  3. pbr400

    pbr400 68GS400

    They're on the same circuit for a reason--no dash lights is a big warning about no tails. I'm surprised it's not blowing a fuse; the '64 Skylark vert I drove in college would. It was weird; I'd drive it for weeks with no problems, then blow a whole pack of fuses in a weekend. When a passenger sitting corresponded with the 'pop' I knew to look beneath the rear seat where I found bare wires grounding when the rear seat was used. Start tracing wires to the taillights.
    Patrick
     
  4. silly

    silly Well-Known Member

    OK I just got the new headlight switch and tried that and still exact same problem. I'm gonna replace every fuse with a new one and see if that helps. I will retrace the wires to because I have a color coded wire chart for my Riviera
     
  5. silly

    silly Well-Known Member

    I just used test light and retraced all my wires....found no short and everything in fuse box lights up except this little fuse. I replaced it and still don't like up but hazard lights worked in the first place...New switch wasn't the problem cause I got power at the switch for both new one and old one with test light...What is the next step I should do? I have a color coded chart for my 68 Riviera and still can't figure out why my dash lights. Parking lights and rear taillights are out
     

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  6. Briz

    Briz Platinum Level Contributor

    How long did it take you to get the headlight switch out?
    Really dont have to answer. been there and done that couple of times. PITA
     
  7. Kiwi68

    Kiwi68 New Member

    Did you ever manage to sort tour tail lights out? I had a polite office point it out to the other night... and I had checked all was working 20mins before . I was messing with the dash dimmer on my way home ... my fuses are good also!! Help please !! my 68 Riviera would appreciate it!
     
  8. silly

    silly Well-Known Member

    No. Never did. So i just rewired the tail lights to a switch and that i used to turn them on and off...i no longer have the 68 riviera.
     

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