My battery drained and when I charged it and hooked it back up suddenly I had guage issues. When I turn my ignition on the guage move as if they are engaging, but then they don't really do anything. The guages actually affected are: Tachometer, speedomoder, fuel guage, voltage gage and oil pressure gage. I can't find a fuse for these items.... anyone?
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look in the positive battery connection. it splits in two, one goes directly to the starter and the other goes to the instruments and ignition, for the description of the problem. I'd say that's where the problem is.
The only way to verify this is to have the charging system tested and then we can procede. If it does turn out to be in the charging system, replace the alternator. If the system is good, there is a ground or guage issue. If you still need a diagram, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sounds like all of the high drain devices are disabled due to a weak battery. You are still getting dash lights and radio because they are very low drain devices. Try charging the battery to test for now. It could be a failing battery, or your alternator and or voltage regulator could be going out and not charging the system. But first, try to charge the battery, and see if you can start it, if you can, let it run for at least 10 minutes. If your alternator/VR is going out or is already out, you should have a guage, or idiot light telling you that you have low voltage. If its a light, you should see a red battery lit up on the dash, if its a guage, it should be directly in the middle +/- a little. If you are able to run the vehicle for a while with no light coming on, or guage showing low voltage, its safe to say you drained the battery, or it is failing. If its a few years old or more, i'd go ahead and replace it. Hope this helps :)
Hey JH..my name is Keith...most people think its the computer..and it just could be..but my guess is the real ignition switch..and not the one you stick the key in..the one you stick a key in is refered to the ignition switch..but its not..it just a lock..and the real ignition switch is in the steering collum..but it controls all of your electrical..and is pretty in-expensive to have replaced..i hope this has helped..if not..write me back
Check and make sure that both battery connections have a SOLID connection...Make sure they are both clean...If they are not clean take them off and simply take a wire brush to them...If this does not work consult someone else
Did you remove battery cables while charging? Rmove and make sure grd is clean and tight Turn on the ignition, watch gauge. It should reset itself. If not, start engine and drive around the block. then make sure you park on level ground , then shut off the engine. Did that work? If not, disconnect the battery for a few minutes and hook it back up. Last but not leastm go put gas in your tank. It just might be full. Pranks have been known to happen. Good Luck.
I have a '99 dodge dakota, 4 cyl, 5 speed manual. While researching a no start problem ran across possible solution to this problem. If no guage lights show when key truned to on position then normally a bad ignition switch. With fully charged battery and working ignition switch guage lights should slight up then go out when ignition in "on" position. Try shaking the key back and forth.