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No Dash lights, wont start.

Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:34 am
by Philster
Hi Folks
Bought my daughter a 2002 1.2 Polo which has been a great car. But a couple weeks ago it wouldn't start, would turn over and start then instantly die. I noticed the dash was dead, too, although the stereo, heater and internal lights still worked. After much probing I put a jump lead on the earth to the body - dash came back upm and the car started normally. I tightened the earth strap and everything has been fine since. Until this morning - exactly the same thing. Obviously this is an electrical issue, but where should I be focussing to sort this out for good?
Cheers in advance,
Phil

Re: No Dash lights, wont start.

Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:21 pm
by Philster
Little update......checked the fusebox, went through the lot and found no issues. Slammed the cover back on and noticed the dash was back up working. Starts fine again......
So dodgy fusebox connection maybe? Are they easy to replace or a complete nightmare?

Re: No Dash lights, wont start.

Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:30 pm
by Zeno
Is the fuse box you were in next to the door at the end of the dashboard with the coloured blade fuses, or one with the big fuses on top of the battery ?
If you have not checked the large ones on top of the battery its worth doing as they are known to fatigue crack and can cause intermittent problems.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YCg1DMBOWo

Re: No Dash lights, wont start.

Posted: Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:26 am
by Philster
It was the one next to the door - I'll check the battery ones today, thanks for the heads up!