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Instrument cluster and gauges dead Chrysler minivan

Instrument cluster and gauges dead Chrysler minivan If you own a 2001 or later Dodge Grand Caravan or Chrysler Town & Country van and your gauges are dead, the most common cause is a bad module that’s mucking up the digital data on the vehicle’s data bus. Start by performing a self test on the cluster. Ignition switch should be in the locked position. Hold down the trip reset button until you see the word “Sof” and a number appear in the odometer window. If the cluster will not perform … Read More

Instrument Cluster and Dead Gauges

Fix dead Instrument Cluster and Dead Gauges Owners of Ford F-series trucks may experience a dead Instrument Cluster and Dead Gauges. This is usually caused by an open condition in the ground wire from the cluster. To diagnose the problem, remove the cluster and check the 20-pin connector that is connected to the rear of the cluster. Using a digital multimeter, connect the meter’s red probe to terminal 20 (red/yellow wire) to confirm the presence of battery voltage (key on, engine off) (black wire to ground). All the warning lights should … Read More

Ford gauge fuse blows

Why does the gage fuse blow on my Ford F-350 Shops are reporting a high incidence of Ford gauge fuse blows in Ford F-350 Super Duty 7.3L diesel trucks. Fuse 45 in the fuse box keeps blowing. When that happens, you lose the entire instrument cluster. In addition, the engine will not accelerate—it will only idle. The problem is a shorted wire inside the steering column that goes to the overdrive cancel switch at the end of the shift lever. To check, remove the plastic cover shrouds from the column. … Read More


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