So I'm having an issue that I know was fairly common on years before 2009. The lights in the instrument panel cluster started going out a couple of weeks ago. At first, it would just go out for a few minutes. Now, it's out all the time. Eventually I figured out it wasn't just lights inside the car. Here's a list of what I can tell is out.
IPC, but not lights like ebrake and seatbelt, etc
A/C control lights
Gear shift lights
Right brake light
Rear tail lights (or whatever they're called, the ones that are on when the headlights are on)
I checked all the fuses with a fuse checker (and visually for the important ones that are obviously related like PK/LP RH and LH) and they're all fine. Years before 2009 seem to have a problem with the splice pack melting and causing similar issues but I can't find any info on this happening to the 09, and that splicer isn't even there. I also looked under the fuse box in the engine compartment and can't see any obviously charred wires. The bulbs themselves that are "out" all look fine, and the fact that it started out happening intermittently really makes me think it's a wiring problem, but I just don't know where to start. It seems like there's way less info out there about the 2009+ models.
The biggest problem is that no one can see me from behind at night unless I'm braking, so I can't really drive after dark. I'm at the point where I need to take it in if I can't figure out what's wrong myself, but I commute half an hour to work so I can't really not have my car for a long time. And the thing is probably only work like $2k anyway so I don't want to drop tons of money in labor costs for somebody to track down an electrical problem. Any ideas for other obvious areas to check?