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Electrical? Sometimes my guages and speedometer works and sometimes they don't. Sometimes I can be driving along and it all will stop working and then start again. Is it a fuse or is a big problem?

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  • sakiskavako Sep 08, 2008

    I have this problem many years,and specially wen is raining or in the washing tunnel.The alarm is locking on ,the control lights are out and the kilometer/miles indicator is out. If i switch of the engine,i can not start again.
    Sometimes,i am trying to move a bit the cables and the adapters in the fuse department and then the motor starts running.
    Some other times the car is not starting at all.
    Thanks for any help you can provide .
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These sound electrical for sure. Almost sounds as if the computer is somehow getting a positive surge. Possibly a shorting wire somewhere.

I'd definitely take a look under the hood and see if there's any burn marks or corrosion (green/white powders) on the wiring. This could be a sign of a serious problem to come. Either way, if it's effecting that much, it's definitely shorting something.

daffodilnan, you could possibly check the fuse for the guage cluster, and the ECU. They could be loose and just vibrating on/off causing loss of guages. This should be located in the fuse box on the dash near the drivers door.

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