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Gauges not working - no temp, odometer, gas, etc

I have a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan. One day I went out and started it up and I didn't have power to the instrument panel. I have no gas gauge, temp, speedometer, odometer, etc. It starts fine and seems to be running fine but still nothing in the panel. Any suggestions?

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  • jopietrus Feb 27, 2009

    I tested the fuses - they are fine.

  • singlewriter Mar 01, 2009

    This happens to my van all the time. Usually all I have to do is shut it off, wait about 5 minutes and then start it back up and it's fine again. I have no idea why it happens but every once in a while it does. Hope this helps!

  • Anonymous Mar 10, 2009

    Same problem; tried the fuses. Going to try and see if the connections lose, but I doubt it. Probably need a new PCM like the guy below stated.

  • tonerjosie Mar 12, 2009

    i have the same problem.I have no gauges sometimes.no odometer,no gas,no temp,no millage.I changed the turminal that goes to my fuse box under the hood,and checked all my fuses,but i still have the problem.

  • qt_bitch_16 Mar 30, 2009

    i have the same problem sometimes when i turn on my wipers or hit the mirror button it'll come back on but this time it didnt.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    have u tested the fuses?

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    I changed all the fuses that has to do with the instrument cluster and the speedometer and rpm gauges still don't work so I took the instrument cluster out of my vehicle to see if it was the cluster itself

  •  Greg Shea
    Greg Shea Jan 05, 2015

    Hello, I had the same problem and found the solution is the instument cluster ground is weak. You have to remove it and where the main wire is soldiered to the electrical board you need to resoldier that pin where it goes into the board. the reason the gauges go dead is they loose the ground contact within the layers of the board.When you get the gauge cluster out, remove the screws that mount the board to the housing and pull it off. It is pressed on to pins that ecectricly operat the gauges so remove the board staight off and back on after resoldiering the pin. I can't remember which one it is, the first or the last.

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I had this problem on my van it turned out to be the (pcm)powertrain control module under the hood on the passenger bside firewall you can get these on ebay

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I would try the fuses first but if that dosent work try checking the connection between the cluster and the fuse box perhaps it fell outa place.

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The clockspring recall is probably the issue. Have you had the clockspring replaced? If not, take it to the dealer and have them replace it. If you bring it in while the guages are out they may try too have you replace the PCM but ask for the clockspring first.

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    Lynn Smith Oct 28, 2013

    where is the clockspring recall?

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