Dash lights not working *please help*
i just bought a 98 neon SOHC 5 speed bla bla bla...the first night i drove it i turned the lights on and the dash lights, and lights around heat controls didnt work. so i immediately checked the fuse(#12) and it was blown. i drove to the parts store, bought fuses and put one in it. i turned the lights on and it popped the moment they came on. So i put a bigger amp fuse in it. it calls for a 4, i first put a 5, then 7.5 then a 15 and it blew every single one. I've searched this site for someone with the same issue and most have taillight problems but mine work. There is nothing electrically aftermarket. just a CAI. i also have the stock radio because it has the factory 6disk changer. when i turn the lights on, it dims all the way down and my dimmer control does nothing. My buddy had a 96 with the same problem and took the orange wire from behind the deck, and wired it to the power so when the car was on, the lights were on. But...he had a aftermarket deck so the orange wire was there and free. Anybody have any idea whats wrong? Obviously there's a short some wheres but where should i start/do? Any help would be greatly appreciated.