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If you turn the key, you only hear a relay click. none of the gages will come on and the battery has 12 volts, the lights will come on and that is all. Thank You.

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    I will have my friend try that and let you know. I thank you for the fast responce back to me. Thanks Again.

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Sound like you blew the main fuse link look in the fuse box for a bad wire or a little black box on the fender well that you can open and se if it is burnt

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