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2003 F-250 instrument cluster...

When I start the truck in COLD weather, the gauges go crazy. They max out then go to nothing. Then after a few seconds, it goes to normal. It even resets the tripometer. Everything else seems to work fine. I have noticed that the starter makes a funny noise when it is really cold also. (below freezing)

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    Mike Tillman Sep 30, 2009

    Battery was the problem! It went out in Atlanta and had to change it. Problem solved. Thanks for the advice. Mike

  • Mike Tillman
    Mike Tillman Sep 30, 2009

    Battery was the problem! It went out in Atlanta and had to change it. Problem solved. Thanks for the advice. Mike

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The battery is probably below 9.5 volts which will make it do that its just like unhooking your battery cable end

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Replace the battery

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It sounds like you are getting a surge of voltage from your alternator/generator. Very strange.

the dealer can run a diagnostic test & pull fault codes or you can try this. If this helps, please report back & rate as fixya. Thanks. I am curious what you find as root cause. Good luck.

Instrument Cluster Self-Diagnostic Mode
To enter the instrument cluster self diagnostic mode with the engine off, depress and hold the odometer reset button. Turn the ignition switch to the RUN position and hold until the gauges sweep (within five to eight seconds). Depress the reset button once to advance to each stage of the self-test.
Turn the ignition to the OFF position to exit the instrument cluster self-diagnostic mode. If no DTCs related to the concern are retrieved, proceed to the Symptom Chart to continue diagnostics.


Instrument Cluster Self-Diagnostic Mode Odometer display Description GAGE Carries out gauge sweep of all gauges, then displays the present gauge values. Also carries out the check sum test on ROM and EEPROM. All segments illuminated. Illuminates all odometer segments. bulb Illuminates all micro-controlled lamps and LEDs. r #### Returns to normal operation of all micro-controlled lamps and LEDs and displays hexadecimal value for ROM level (used when requesting assistance from the hotline). nr#### Displays hexidecimal ROM level and type as stored in non-volatile memory (NVM). EE ## Displays hexadecimal value for EE level (used when requesting assistance from the hotline). dt #### Displays hexadecimal code for the final manufacturing date. ###C Gas engines display last temperature gauge input value from SCP, temperature gauge will indicate present temperature. Diesel engine displays present temperature analog/digital input in decimal as a ratio, temperature gauge will indicate present temperature. dtc #### Displays a 16 bit DTC in hexidecimal format. DTCs displayed are those detected in continuous operation not during self-test. EnG Displays English speed value being input, speedometer will indicate present speed. m Displays metric speed value being input, speedometer will indicate present speed. tAc Displays the tachometer value being input to the instrument cluster. Tachometer will indicate present rpm. FUEL Displays the present analog/digital fuel level being input to the instrument cluster as a ratio. OIL Displays the last analog/digital reading of the oil pressure switch contact resistance, oil gauge will indicate present level. br Displays the brake fluid level in an analog/digital ratio value. bAt ##.# Displays present battery analog/digital voltage. rhEo Displays present hexadecimal pulse width modulation (PWM) dimming input. rhi, rhS, rho Alternating 1 second display of pulse width modulation (PWM) input duty cycle, SCP hexidecimal dimming step, output driver counts in hexadecimal. Cr RUN/START sense circuit check. PA, Pb, PC, and Pd Displays 8-bit hexadecimal value for the Port A, B, C, and D readings (used when requesting information from the hotline). PE0-PE7 Displays 8-bit hexadecimal value for the Port E0-Port E7 in analog/digital readings

Posted on Mar 05, 2009

  • gerry bissi Mar 05, 2009

    I thought of a couple of things to do




    • clean the battery posts

    • clean contacts where connectors plug into instrument cluster

    • replace CVR constant voltage regulator (if you hvae one) mounted to back of cluster.

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