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Toyota Highlander Dashboard Lights

When I turn on my headlights my dashboard illumination and clock go out. Anyone have ideas?


  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    Does your dashboard have some kind of dimmer switch? It may be set to "low" or "off" and triggered by turning on your headlights.

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • I don't think so, but I'll another look around for any secreted knob I might have hit by accident. The clock does still keep correct time. So maybe it is just the display dimming.
  • jpettibonejpettibone Posts: 51
    There's a dimmer to the left of the steering wheel on the dash. That might be your problem.
  • Nope there is no dimmer switch on the dash or steering wheel.
    What I do have left of the steering wheel is three little black covers where it looks like switches would go if one had bought the options for whatever they are for.
  • jpettibonejpettibone Posts: 51
    What model and year do you have? We have a 2009 Base 4 cyl. and we have the dimmer wheel.
  • I'm driving a 2005 Highlander and I started having the same problem a couple days nights ago. Were you ever able to resolve this - how ??

    Ted Stevens
  • footsbarefootsbare Posts: 1
    edited March 2011
    I have a 2008 Highlander with no dashboard lights. The clock and radio lights go out when the headlights turn on and the instrument panel stays dark. This was discussed several years ago with no resolution. It's not the dimmer. Any ideas?
  • Unfortunately, I never found the solution. I sold the vehicle.
  • sneremsnerem Posts: 5
    I have a 1993 Blazer where the dash lights have all gone out. They used to come back on every once in a while, but they're off all the time now. I've changed fuses. Wondering if it could be the dimmer switch/control??? What do I need to do to pull the dash off to get behind it? Anyone have any ideas?
  • Looking for an answer too. Seems like everything is falling apart at once. A few weeks ago most of my tail lights went out, my visor dropped down so we had to take it out for a while. My husband screwed some plastic back together and I put the visor back in. The vanity light worked, but about two days later the vanity light stopped working, the interior dome lights, remote control stopped working. When I turn the headlights on all the display lights go out. Oh, prior to all this the lights on the gear indicator went out. The #20 fuse was blown and I just replace it, but nothing has been fixed.
  • kymgkymg Posts: 1
    After cleaning my Highlander I had the same problem. The dimmer looks like the odometer switch. Its on the left of the speedometer turn that little knob to the right, and youll be good to go. Hope that helps.
  • I wish the fix was that easy. I did find the knob you are talking about, but everything is still as dark as can be. Thanks.
  • My mom says her console light, where you shift, used to work and now it doesn't. I went and bought the bulb, tiny sucker, but I can't figure out how to take it apart to change the bulb. There is a small panel on the drivers side of the shift that pops off to reveal a white button but that's about as far as I want to go without breaking something. Any help would be appreciated!
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