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No gauges engine light on

Voltage regulator tested bad, replaced alternator. Do I need a battery? Its old. Fuses all are ok. Headlights don't dim...

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  • csbgrafix Dec 17, 2008

    bought a new battery, still no gauges.. With the key one click forward, I get gearshift indicator and box around appropriate gear. It moves when I shift. When I start the van, I have no indicator box, then the whole thing and odometer go out. I have panel lights but no temp, gas and speedometer gauges. My rear wiper went out also and it used to work.

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Most auto parts stores like auto zone will test your battery free of charge. that would be the simplest way to test it. check the water level in it if it is a servicable battery.

Posted on Dec 14, 2008

  • James Dec 20, 2008

    it sounds like an insturment cluster failure. you may want to have that verified by a local shop. if the battery repalcement was the start of all of these problems, it may have been a result of a voltage spike. voltage spikes can occur when a battery is hooked up improperly (pos to neg and neg to pos) when the neg terminal is hooked up first, or even when you jump start a car. be sure to check all fuses disconect the battery for 10 min then conect the pos side terminal, then conect the neg side terminal, then start it up and hope for the best. good luck. oh yea, an ignition switch will give you problems like this too, but would be quite the coincidence

    if it didnt have symptoms prior to battery replacement

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