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Dash lights and air conditioner stopped working

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When I connected the battery, the dash lights and air conditioner stopped working.  Is there anything I can do to get it to work again?

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Did you possibly connect the battery backwards? First thing I would do is check all the fuses to see if any are blown.

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Does the car run? And can you remove the key? When you insert the key and turn it to run [not to start] what shows up on the CRT [Touch screen]? 

 Also just for giggles try disconnectiong the battery and after 5 minutes or so reconnecting it.

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No, I cannot pull the key out when running.  I do have to manually turn the key back towards me one position when I start it though.  When I turn the key to Start, the CRT is blank.  When I start the car, it then shows the usually controls.  I never see the word Reatta.

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When the car is off can you remove the key? [Remember you are the one that says the ignition doesn't "feel right"]. Turn the key to the "run" position, what shows up on the screen?

 the Reatta screen only works when your switches in the door are working.

 Did you try disconnecting and reconnecting the battery? [Remember this where you said the problem started].

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When the car is off, I can remove the key. In run, the crt shows radio controls and the dash shows the usual red and yellow lights, but the speedometer part is dark.

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I did disconnect and reconnect the battery. I usually have it unconnected because the glove compartment will not stay closed due to the broken plastic connector.

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I can't let it sit for more than a week because the battery drains petty quickly. I leave it disconnected

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Kinda sounds like a bad ignition switch. Not a big deal but would need to fell to be sure. Would explain why has to be turned back from start.

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Ok, I watched a video on how to change ignition switches.  Seemed pretty complicated. Is it best to have a mechanic do that?

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