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Lights, RPM, MPG All not working on instrument panel after swap

I have an 2002 IS300 that I'm trying to put back together. I lost my original cluster and had to buy a replacement. I've tried 3 different clusters, 2 from 2001, 1 from 2005, all with the same exact problem. The tac for RPM isn't working, Not sure if the GAUGE for MPG is working since I really haven't taken the car around the block yet, but all other gauges seem to be functioning. Also, the Lights for the whole instrument panel are not working. The lights for the air bag, check engine, oil, signal, tail lights, etc. work, just the main lights to light the cluster are not working. Would it have anything to do with it not being the same year? Need help!!!

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    how do u loose a cluster, really curious, not trying to be a smart as.....


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SOURCE: digital instrument cluster

theres a fuse on the back side of these that will somtimes burn out to

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SOURCE: instrument panel cluster gauges and odometer has stopped working

I had all my analog instrument panel gauges stop working after they did the state emissions test. I found the proper fuse in the fuse block located under the hood. Simply unplugged the fuse, noticed it was still good, and plugged the same fuse (10A) back in and all the gauges started working again. Guess it needed a reset atfer they plugged in for the emissions.

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SOURCE: 1992 Honda Accord (LX) Instrument Cluster Replacement

Same as 2 dr, or a stick.
There are bezel screws that hold the plastic trim (pointing up towards the windshield), you nee to remove these 2 screws. The bottom section is clipped in. Tilt the steering wheel down as far as it will go.
Once you have the bezel off, there are 4 screws holding the cluster to the dash. Remove them and gently pull the cluster forward. Reach around (expect to get scraped knuckles) and unclip the speedo cable, and two large multipin connectors. Don't force anything.
Getting the cluster out after this point is a test of your patience. It only seems to come out one particular way.

Posted on Aug 22, 2009

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SOURCE: instrument cluster inoperative, transmission shifting problems

These vans have had issues with the PIN connections to the instrument clusters. With time the solder on the main PIN connection will begin to fail. The good news this may be repaired at home. First you'll need to remove the instruments. To do so remove the dash components from around the instruments then the (4) screws) that hold the instruments in place. Carefully detach the wire connection from the back of it; take to a well lit area. Look for a PIN with a failed solder joint (this will appear as a slight black or grey circle. If found apply heat and let solder begin to flow; the allow to cool and reassemble. If you look at my history you'll see I've helped others with this issue. The attached link may help:

As for the transmission I expect this a seperate issue, possibly the BCM but I'd like to review further.
Please let me know if this assisted you,

Posted on Nov 06, 2009

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SOURCE: instrument cluster problems

my 1998 cadillac deville information display cluster goes on and off for days at a time. most times I do not know how fast I am going or miles.

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