2003 Seat Ibiza 1.2 petrol
Dashboard lit when ignition is off

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Paul Rogan
Driver
1 points

Problem added: Aug 20, 2020 (5 months ago)
Dash also flickers bright and dim whilst ignition is on. Its the back light of dash. Not the warning lights

Car details
Car: Seat Ibiza
Variant: 1.2 petrol
Model Year: 2003
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whittingehame
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16,861 points

Aug 20, 2020 (5 months ago)
Some cars have a delay before lights shut down . If you have a instrument dimmer switch on your car , try adjusting the setting
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whittingehame
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16,861 points

Aug 20, 2020 (5 months ago)
Might want to check all grounds / earths , but may be a fault with instrument cluster also .
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Paul Rogan
Driver
1 points

Aug 20, 2020 (5 months ago)
Replying to post by whittingehame:
Some cars have a delay before lights shut down . If you have a instrument dimmer switch on your car , try adjusting the setting
Thanks for the reply.
Only purchased the car for my son few days ago. Took it out last night for test drive noticed dash illumination was flickering. The dimmer was at minimum so put it up to max which seemed to help. When i switched it off dash came back on, flickering from high to low. Left it for 20 mins it was still on brightly. After a futher 30mins it had dimmed but still visible.
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whittingehame
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16,861 points

Aug 20, 2020 (5 months ago)
They do suffer from instrument cluster faults with the soldered joints , which is common but cant say for certain if that is your fault . Could also check alternator charging rate under load with a meter

Here is an example , best I can find at this moment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmHCnBaJvxM
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roverman
Top Fixer
457 points

Aug 20, 2020 (5 months ago)
Try disconnecting wires at dimmer switch see if light goes out but as it is fed from side lights i dont think it will , as above reply i also think it will be instrument cluster , it could be just a poor connection at the cluster multi plug if not i would go for a dry joint on the printed circuit.
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Paul Rogan
Driver
1 points

Aug 20, 2020 (5 months ago)
Thanks guys. Will look at dimmer switch 1st. The YouTube video is interesting but i probably mess it up lol.
Cheers
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Paul Rogan
Driver
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Aug 21, 2020 (5 months ago)
Replying to post by roverman:
Try disconnecting wires at dimmer switch see if light goes out but as it is fed from side lights i dont think it will , as above reply i also think it will be instrument cluster , it could be just a poor connection at the cluster multi plug if not i would go for a dry joint on the printed circuit.
Disconnected dimmer switch. Dash still flickering. Even though its bright outside just now, I did notice backlight flickering without side or headlights being on?
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roverman
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457 points

Aug 21, 2020 (5 months ago)
Looks like instrument cluster fault on the printed circuit but check cluster multi plug first.
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