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Dashboard panal malfunction

All guages read zero on the dashboard while driving sometimes it will corrrect itself. The Nissan dealer service dept. can't find the problem. Can you please help?

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  • butterfly571 May 24, 2009

    I have the same problem where it will say 0 or all the gauge needles will freeze up and maybe after a few minutes it will correct itself. Also the radio goes out with it sometimes...

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More than likely the fix for this is going to be to replace the gauge assembly.

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