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Key off and gauges move

Chevy S10, 2001, Key is off give it 10 seconds and the gauges will jump to max (instrument cluster). Fuses all good - checked them. What is causing the gauges to jump? Where do I start and how do I fix.

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It's normal if it's what I think, fuel gauge goes to half on the right side and the farthest gauge to the left goes to half, if it's the case it's the security system that does that after about 10 or 15 minutes they both go back to zero, but as soon as you unlock the door and open it they go back to half until you start it....

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