Tip & How-To about 1997 Plymouth Grand Voyager

Instrument panel goes dead

If the instrument panel on your Chrysler, Dodge, or Plymouth minivan goes dead intermittently, the problem is probably that the solder joints on the pins for the main connector have broken. You need to pull the instrument panel and resolder all the pins on the connector.

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1997 Dodge caravan, lost all of instrument panel. No gas gage, speedometer, tachometer and temperature gauge? Any ideas on how to fix myself?


I know that there have been issues with cold solder joints on some Chrysler instrument panels of this era. There is a very good Chrysler/Dodge user website that will have instructions. Fixing Dodge Chrysler Plymouth 3G Minivan Instrument Clusters and HVAC

May 08, 2015 | 1997 Dodge Caravan

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instrument panel works off and on also when this happens battery goes dead


Do a google search for "1998 voyager instrument lcuster solder" and you will find an abundance of posts regarding the soldered joints on the main wiring harness connector on the back of your instrument cluster. If the behaviour is at all erratic and unpredictable, or hitting the dash makes the gauges come back to life, then you are about 99.9% sure it is the solder problem. It takes about 8 minutes to remove the instrument cluster (okay maybe 15), and about 2 minutes to remove the circuit board. By examining the solder joints of the main connector with a magnifying glass, you will probably see cracked or corroded solder on them. Briefly reheat each solder joint with a soldering iron to re-flow the solder. Your erratic gauge behaviour should now be history.

Aug 07, 2011 | 1998 Plymouth Voyager

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guages and insturment panel stopped working on a 1998 plymouth


In the event that you have not completely fixed this problem, I suggest the following: Do a google search for "98 voyager instrument cluster solder" and you will find an abundance of posts regarding the soldered joints on the main terminal connector on the back of your instrument cluster. If the behaviour is at all erratic and unpredictable, or hitting the dash makes the gauges come back to life, then you are about 99.9% sure it is the solder problem. It takes about 8 minutes to remove the instrument cluster (okay maybe 15), and about 2 minutes to remove the circuit board. By examining the solder joints of the main connector with a magnifying glass, you will probably see cracked or corroded solder on them. Briefly reheat each solder joint with a soldering iron to re-flow the solder. Your erratic gauge behaviour should now be history.

May 25, 2009 | 1998 Plymouth Voyager

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Electrical Problem and now won't start


One common problem is with intrument cluster solder joints where the cable connector attaches to the circuit board. Solder joints fracture. Resolder. Use Hanes manual to get dashboard apart.

Indication is instrument panel goes dead and car sometimes will not start.

Other possibilites are loose connectors or poor connections in cable harnesses.

Jan 22, 2009 | 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan

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