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Hi all, I’m trying to get to the board behind the dash on my 1980 el Camino because the right indicator stays on permanently when the lights are on and I don’t believe any of my idiot lights work either. Only problem is I can’t get to the thing. I’ve removed all hardware and this is as far as I can get, nothing else comes off. Anyone thats been in here know what I’m missing??
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I would check the bulbs first. Do your flashers work? Next would be flasher unit and turn signal switch. What makes you think that the idiot lights are not working? They don't come on unless there's a problem.
I would check the bulbs first. Do your flashers work? Next would be flasher unit and turn signal switch. What makes you think that the idiot lights are not working? They don't come on unless there's a problem.
I replaced the turn signal bulbs with no change. flashers work fine until you cut the lights on, with the lights on the passenger side blinks slowly and dimly with no running light on that side and the indicator stays on permanently with the lights on as well. My hunch for the idiot lights is because all the other bulbs are iffy and work intermittently and I didn’t get a light when my alternator went bad.
 

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Like stated above - it won't go back to working properly until you fix the ground. The marker light doesn't have a direct ground. It works grounding through the 1157 bulb. No lights on - marker and turn signal blink together. Lights on they will blink alternate. Long story on how that works.
So all I need to do is unplug the bulb and clean the contacts? Sounds easy enough to me.
 

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You guys were right, the spade was broken on that side ground, for the first time in 3 years I can finally drive at night without being embarrassed. All turn signals running lights and dash lights work now. My advice to anyone who takes their dash apart and gets the speedo out of the car is it put some light oil down the speedo cable, it made the awful bolts in a blender grinding sound disappear and really smooths out the travel of the needle. Thanks for the help!
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