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Isuzu Rodeo Lights Problems

I have a 995 Isuzu Rodeo, AT, V-6, 2-WD. When you turn the key to "ON" the dash lights and four way flashers start blinking with an audible clicking from the left side of the dash, and will blink fifteen times then quit. If you continue to start, and the engine does start, the lights will do the same and quit. The truck drives fine after that. I found the source of the clicking, a black box (what else?) located above the fuse panel. This box has a lot of wires going to it but I can't find it in any book or Internet source. I have the one-wire diagnostic link, the orange one and do not have any codes. Could this be an error code. Thanks, David


  • i just bought a secound hand 95 1/2 rodeo 4wd this is my secound rodeo my first a 92 just died at 260,500 miles so i love them. my issue my new trucks running light in the rear do not work. hit the brakes they come on turn they come on but no running light. heres what i have done so far. 1.change the fuse in side the cab. 2. changed both rear brake lights. 3 changed the light relay under the hood. all wire conections at both ends are in great shape and apear to be tight and in good order. what is it that i am missing? can anyone offer any suggestions? thanks steve
  • I also had a similiar problem with the brake lights. I went to an auto zone and tried different brands of bulbs and after cleaning around the socket areas where the bulb goes in on the brake lights, all was fine. Did you ever have the above title problem with the rear turn signal. Is there a turn relay switch??
  • I just recently have the same problem with a 95 subaru impreza wagon . Wondering if you figured it out and let me know . Im thinking it might be in the switch.
  • Help. Wifes ride, Never encountered this one. Left turn signal not working if head lights on, when working the dash lights will flash as relay cycles. Right turn works fine. Dash lights quit working replaced fuse now have this problem. Seems issuse started on a very wet snowy day. Is this a cluster problem or a flaher relay problem? Where to start? Thanks guys. Rodeo has 139000 miles on it
  • lburnashlburnash Posts: 2
    I have a '92 Rodeo with 171K on the clock and last week the Rr. Anti-lock light came on. The red brake light is also on even with the E-brake disengaged. There is a low whine coming from the rear end that increases with speed and a rapping sound, similar to the noise a U-joint would make. I have visually inspected everything and before I tear into it, I'd like some advice as to what it might be and weather, given its age, it's worth doing. Any assistance is greatly appreciated.

  • joshmcsjoshmcs Posts: 1
    I have a '97 rodeo with a similar issue. One day I heard a very bad squealing whenever I applied the brakes. Then it went away. Now about 3 weeks later I have the parking brake and RABS lights coming on at the same time. I've been looking around and one possibility is the rear bearrings assembly. I would also check out your rear brake shoes to make sure they're in good order.

    Edit: There are two sensors to check as well, to make sure of clean contacts or possible replacement. One is the rear speed sensor. The other is the rear ABS sensor location on top of the rear differential. Make sure the contacts are clean and find out the resistance values that should be read and you can find out if they are any good by using a plain multi-meter. Another option is to go to a repair shop to get the codes diagnosed but that would cost a little more money.
  • I just went through this with my son's Rodeo. The cause of your Rear ABS light and the Brake light on at the same time is the Vehicle Speed/ABS sensor located in the differential of the rear end, if you have the two wheel drive. It sounds like the sensor has broken and is hitting the pick-up in the differential. This could be a major problem if not corrected quickly as it may get into the gears and cause further damage. Depending on which electrical system you have there is a way to find the diagnostic code for this, I highly recommend buying a good book. A code "9" for high resistance or code "10" for low resistance should come up for the rear ABS sensor.
    The sensor is not hard to change, but is hard to find the new part. It will also cost you approximately $90.00, depending on who you know in the parts market. One bolt holds it in, it may be hard to pull out as it may have a vacuum on it, but it will come out. Once you have it out, if it's not visibly damaged, you can test it with a volt-ohm meter. It should read between 900-2000 ohms resistance on the meter. Anything other than that and it is bad. Once you replace it, crank the vehicle up and shut it down the code should clear. I hope this helps, David.
  • Can anyone tell me if they have a problem with their dash lights going out? Every other light on the dash works except for the main lights that light it up so that you can see the speedometer etc... and also my wipers work when they want too and I was wondering if anyone has these same two problems together?
  • cmow5cmow5 Posts: 2
    OK 94 rodeo 4x4 3.2. My head lights dont work and my front wipers. I dont think it is the fuses or bulbs. The dash has been unscrewed by previous owner(i just bought it). I noticed that if I push hard on the fog light switch and move it around i can get them to come on. The headlight switch I have to push it in and physically pull it out. First night it worked and now nothing. Theres another button there that dosent move at all. The wiper buttons pushes in and out, but they dont work. Do I need a new dash? can all of those wires be bad? any suggestions?
    Thanks in advance
  • I have a 1998 Rodeo and my dash lights, temperature control, heat, ac controls, etc go out all the time. I usually give it one good punch and they work for a while, but only on one side, the ac, heat, defrost selector side, the temperature indicator never comes on.
  • Hello,
    I'm new to the forum and could use some help. I am semi handy with a wrench and would like to try to figure out what the problem is myself before taking it into a transmission shop and paying big bucks.

    When I bought the truck it had just had the transmission replaced with one from a junkyard. The previous owner said it was stuck in second gear so he had it replaced. I'm not sure if the problem existed before the tranny swap.

    All I know is that now no matter what gear I'm in the backup (reverse light) stays lit on the passengers side tail lamp. I've tried changing the tail lamp. My previous truck was a 95 Passport so I had an extra set around.

    Do you think that the transmission shop that they guy had replace the transmission hooked up a wire incorrectly? Is there another cause that anyone can think of for this?

    First thought off the top of my head was that the wiring bundle going to that tail light might be grounded out somewhere down the body. Finding a grounded out wire can be a nightmare though and would like to start with the easiest to fix ideas first.

    Thanks for any advice in advance.
  • I have the service manual for a 2001 so this may or may not help..

    On the wiring diagram for the exterior lights, there is only one switch between the fuse for the b/u lights and the bulb itself called the 'mode switch, back-up' (auto) or back-up lamp sw (manual). It should turn both lights on, so I'm thinking either it's stuck on and the drivers light is out, or like you said, that bulb is grounded. Each of those back-up bulbs share a ground with their respective turn signal, so If by turning on the blinker and something changes, that may get you closer.

    Hope that helps
  • I hadn't thought about it till I went on a road trip today. The "upshift" light comes on even in fifth gear. As I was saying I've had 94-97 Rodeo's and Passports in the past, I don't remember the upshift light coming on in top gear. I could be incorrect about this as the past can be fuzzy some days :)

    The upshift light being on in fifth is another reason I think there could possibly be a problem with how the wires were hooked up when the transmission was replaced.

    Anyone else have this issue?
  • okmech1okmech1 Posts: 19
    hmmm, good one!

    Not sure how the upshift light gets it's signal. What did you find out about the light?
  • cakuvncakuvn Posts: 2
    I have the same dash light and tail were not light up. Find out the fuse has been burned, put the new fuse in it's burned too. Don't know what wrong.Any one has idea?
  • okmech1okmech1 Posts: 19
    I can help you narrow down the problem a little more if you can tell me 2 things, what fuse burnt out and when you say tail light, are you talking brake light or which one? Also, do you have a 4 or 6 cyl engine?

    I ask these quesitons because I have some schematics of a 2001, knowing those answers will help figure out what lines to trace.
  • cakuvncakuvn Posts: 2
    My Rodeo 6 cyl, tail light what I mean are when i turn on the head light the tail light won't light, brake light is OK
  • okmech1okmech1 Posts: 19

    If the fuse you replaced and continually burns out is the 15A one labeled 'tail' and the headlights continue to work as you said, it sounds like you have a bad tail light relay or wiring from it on towards the lights.

    according to the prints, the headlight combo switch has two wires controlling the head and tail lights - headlights is a R/Y (red/yellow) going to the headlight relay, and a G/Y going to the tail relay.

    Where the relay is I'm not sure, but I hope this helps anyway
  • dsteff62dsteff62 Posts: 2
    I have a 97' Isuzu Rodeo 2WD with the 3.2 V6 engine. Recently the speedometer quit working and the abs light came on. The common consensus was to replace the vss sensor on the rear differential. I have installed a new sensor and this did not correct the problem. The hand held diagnostic gives a code for low voltage from the sensor. I would appreciate any suggestions on what to try next. Thanks!
  • I have a 96 Isuzu rodeo with manual transition. About a week ago I noticed that my reverse light was coming on when I was in 1st and 2nd but would not come on when I was in reverse. I don’t know when it started happening, I think it may have started after I got my clutch replaced 4 months ago but hadn’t noticed it because one of my reverse lights had been out anyway. Can someone tell me if this is the switch or if it could be something the mechanic did or something else? If it is infect the switch, where would it be located?
  • solla968solla968 Posts: 1
    I have the same problem and i took it to a dealer. They told me it would cost $2000 for them to do it. Do i need special equipment to change it or something?
  • racerxpracerxp Posts: 3
    There was a recall for the anti-lock braking system early on. Maybe you can get this addressed under the recall notice.
  • billybob54billybob54 Posts: 1
    Check the marker lights in the front, I had the same problem and it was one of them that was shorted out.
  • My left (drivers side) turn signal flashes normal and works OK however when I turn on my right (passenger side) turn signal I can hear it flash about 3-4 times as fast but no lights front or rear flash at all and neither does the indicator light in my dashboard. I have replaced all of the bulbs both front and rear and also the flasher however the problem persists. Can anyone give me an idea on what to check next? I've replaced all fuses also just to be sure.
    I cannot afford to get pulled over and I live in Florida so I need get this fixed ASAP.
    Any help will be appreciated.

    Thx in advance.
  • I am having the EXACT same problem with my 94 that I just bought. Please help! Thanks :)
  • Hopefully we will both get the help we need to steer us in the right direction to correct this problem.
    Thanks for your reply!!
  • I have a 1992 Rodeo LS V6 3.1 lt. engine and despite new bulbs & flasher I can't get my right (passenger side) turn signal to work. My left (driver side) turn signal works perfectly but with the right side the flasher seems to flash/click nearly 3-4 times faster than normal and fails to flash the bulbs both front and rear. Brake lights, parking, and headlights all work normally but still no right turn signal.
    Please can anyone out there help me with this problem?
    Thanks for your replies and help in advance.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    That happens when either your bulb is burnt out or the flasher has a faulty component (capacitor). You can try replacing one or the other or both.

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • Thanks for your reply.

    I suppose I could have gotten a bad flasher from the parts store. Yesterday evening I swapped all of the bulbs from the not working passenger side with those from the working drivers side. All of the drivers side (front & rear) still worked so that eliminates the bulbs as the problem therefore it seems it would have to be the flasher or in the wiring itself.
    I'll get another flasher from a different parts store and try that and keep this forum apprised.
    Again thanks! Please if you or anyone else out there has anymore ideas concerning this problem your replies are most welcome.
  • I got a new flasher today. I'll put it in this evening when it cools off. The online manual states it's located on the drivers side above the kick panel. Since I did not install the other new one I'm not sure if this is the correct location. If anyone knows where exactly it it this would be a big help and greatly appreciated.

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