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I just changed over some dash trim pieces necessitating removal of the switch panel, radio and HVAC. After putting it all back together I find that the instrument cluster and radio no longer work. At the same time the HVAC lcd screen pulses whether the ignition is on ACC or the vehicle is running. The under dash footwell lights pulse as well. If something is switched on, the pulsing stops, but the instrument cluster and radio still don't work. Curiously, the pulsing also stops when the radio is switched on, although it still doesn't work.

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There's a common ground for radio and hevac. Have you knocked off or damaged that?
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I don't see an earth wire there, nor a connector. It's clear that my problem is of that nature, but I wonder if that connection is elsewhere. I had the dash completely apart just a few weeks ago and didnt recall seeing that earth wire then.
 

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E252 is the gnd point up to VIN 359268
It's the stud behind the kick panel in RH footwell.
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Thanks for that. It's squeaky clean and the wiring looks good. I'm stumped. The only things not working are the instrument cluster and the radio. All of the switches and the HEVAC work. Only the SRS lights up on the dash, as everything else is dark. I replaced the dash a few weeks ago and everything worked perfectly upon install.

Yesterday I replaced dash pieces that arrived after the dash install in order to correct the fake wood plastic stickers that adorned the original trim. I replaced the center switch trim pieced and used all of the original switches, which are working anyhow. I also replaced the side console trim and the window switchpack trim. Aside from the swtiches I didn't remove any other electrical items. I pulled out the radio and reinstalled while it was still connected.

After I put everything back together I switched on the radio and the display was dim and required the security code, which was odd. I hadn't noticed immediately if the instrument cluster worked. I pulled out the radio, checked the connections and reinstalled, then it stopped working. Noticed then that the instrument cluster died too.

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Turned out to be a bad Fuse 1. Tested it earlier with a test light and it cleared, but after reading other posts tying the radio and cluster to Fuse 1, decided to pull it and it proved to be bad. Lucky for the simple fix.
 

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I have taken my cluster out several times , did you recheck the plug to make sure everything is tight.
Also mabey check all your fuses.
 
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