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Lost dash/gauge daytime backlighting

'08 WK Laredo 4.7L. Gauge/dash backlighting suddenly only works when headlights or running lights are on. Should be full brightness in "daytime" conditions, but nothing now. Brightness adjustment knob on the left multi-function stick otherwise works and adjusts brightness while headlights are on. The onset seemed to coincide with installation of a 4XGuard front plate, for which I did drill two holes all the way through the front bumper lower crossmember, but I can't imagine that had anything to do with it. Wasn't rough on any wires as I recall. None of the fuse descriptions in the owner manual seem to match up with "daytime backlighting." Any help appreciated.

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Re: Lost dash/gauge daytime backlighting

Maybe this is a model year thing, but my gauges and control backlighting is only on with the headlights/running lights.

What you describe sounds like normal operation (at least on my vehicle).
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Re: Lost dash/gauge daytime backlighting

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Maybe this is a model year thing, but my gauges and control backlighting is only on with the headlights/running lights.

What you describe sounds like normal operation (at least on my vehicle).

Interesting, thanks. I see yours is 2005. I suppose it's possible that the malfunction is within my brain rather than the vehicle. But I was driving early Monday morning with bright sunrise sort of in my face and couldn't see gauges at all. Can't recall ever having that problem before. The owner manual uses the phrase "full daytime brightness" in context of adjusting nighttime gauge brightness. Thought I recalled gauges being brightly backlight at night with lights turned off, then dimmer after lights switched on (and adjustment knob in effect). Curious if anyone else thinks this is normal operation, esp. for 2008-2010 (since 2008 was significant refresh).


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