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Instrument cluster battery, temp and oil don't light up

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Under the dash (I'm asuming you have s digital dash), if you look under there close to where the console ends, you will see a kind of goldish colored box about 4 inch or so square (I think it's square,
I haven't worked on one in a long time with that problem) There should be another box to the left of that, I am only giving you a reference point so you know you are in the correct area. Anyway, the smaller box is the power supply to the digitsl dash. If that goes bad, the dash won't light up. The symptoms typically are that part of the dash may work for a little while and then the whole thing goes out. All you can do is replace it. They are hard to find in a salvage yard and then you are takeing a chance.I hope I have answered your question. I'm sure I have solvdd some problems out there for a few people.

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Chris i would suggest changing the cluster out i had a tach problem and that fixed it. As for the other things did it all happen at once?

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See Figure 4
Fig. 4: Common instrument cluster found in 1995-97 "S" series Pick-ups.
(see illustration at end of message)

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See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6


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Fig. Fig. 1: To remove the instrument cluster, first remove the trim panel by removing the lower fascia panel


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Fig. Fig. 2: With the lower fascia moved aside, remove the lower trim panel attaching screws ...


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Fig. Fig. 3: ... as well as the upper attaching screws


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Fig. Fig. 4: Then pull the entire instrument trim panel from the dash board


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Fig. Fig. 5: Exploded view of the instrument cluster


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Fig. Fig. 6: Rear view of the instrument cluster wire routing and connections

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