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There should be a fuse for the gauges if that is what is not working. When you say burnt out.... do you mean nothing is functioning or there is no back lighting. If you are reffering to back lighting, the dash lights work in series with the park lights. Check for park lights working on the vehicle. If no park light, check fuses. If nothing working, try slapping on top of the dash area above the instrument panel to see if it starts working again
Since it's highly unlikely all your instrument panel bulbs are blown (that usually only occurs if a faulty alternator puts out excessive voltage), it can be several things.
Have you checked your taillights and brake lights? Reason I say, many vehicles are designed to not illuminate the instrument panel lights if both taillights are out (a safety feature and tell-tale warning to the driver). If the taillights are ok, it may have a bad dimmer resistor for the inst panel lights, presuming the fuse that controls the dash lights is good. The other possibility is a faulty ground connection to the instrument panel circuit board or wire loom.
Sounds like you have a loose connection in the instrument cluster in the dash. There were a lot of Town & Country owners having engine issues related to a faulty instrument cluster. The security system is connected through that somehow and if it loses power, like it sounds yours does, it would shut the car off even while driving. The fact that you can tap on the dashboard and keep it working leads me to believe it's the instrument cluster.
It's common for the instrument cluster to go bad on the Chrysler products after a few years. The problem is the solder on the instrument panel where the wire harness connects to cracks due to time and heat causes this problem. If you can solder, this is an easy fix and save your self lots of $$$. Good luck and try giving a tap on the top of the dash board where the instrument panel is, that usually gives it a quick fix for a while.
have you got a dimmer switch on your model to dim the dash lights. if you have it may be faulty. link the cables together if the lights work the switch is faulty. if you have not got a dimmer switch
your printed circuit on the back of the dash may be faulty or the plug in the back of the dash is not pushed all the way in. hope this helps