In addition to my GMC pick-up, which is my vehicle of choice, I drive a 1991 Acura Legend. I determined that the reason I did not have any dash lights at night was failure of the dimmer relay. I stopped at NAPA and asked them to get me a replacement. I had this same problem about 4 months ago and they got me the relay overnight. This time they could not even locate the part, not even the part that they sold me 4 month earlier. Anyway, the nearest Acura dealer is about 50 miles away in the Cities, so I was looking for a closer alternative. I live about 4 miles from French Lake Auto Parts, which is one of the biggest junk yards in Minnesota. I decided to get the part there. They do not pull dimmer relays from any cars, but I can go out into the yard and pull one myself. Not a problem. I know where the part is on the car and I have a pliers and screw driver in my pocket to perform the extraction.
He pulls out an aerial photograph of the junk yard. Then he circles a few specks at the outer most portions of the yard and says "there should be a couple of really old Acuras somewhere in this area".
So it was off to Andy's Auto Repair in Annandale. They didn't have the part in stock, but one of the mechanics had a relay from a Toyota in his tool box and it works. But then we noticed that my right tail lights were out. It is strange to have all 3 bulbs burn out so I had them check it.