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I have a 2004 sport trac ,the guage cluster and the odometer as well as the radio will go on and off intermitently. If you hit the dash or kick panel the guages will shutter and then begin working including the radio. My dealer has replaced the cluster 1 time and it is worse now. Can it be a bad connection or solder on one of the diodes?? Any help would be appreciated

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motor1258
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SOURCE: 1996 Dodge Neon Instrument Panel

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Had same problem on my 95' about 3 times in 7 or 8 years. Pulled trim panel off around gauges/speedo cluster. 4 screws if I remember correctly, and pulled the instrument cluster out far enough to disconnect plug at back off cluster. Now, the plug that is there,in the dash, that connects to back of cluster, I wiggled or whatever I had to do, ( maybe push it out through the back, then feed it back through hole to front) to get it to come out through the front. Now, see all those little male spades inside the cluster where that connector attaches, I took a pair of small needle nose pliers and bent the very ends of them all,slightly, enough to make better contact with plug in dash, but not so much that they wont go back in to females in dash plug. Then I re-attached plug to back of cluster, after a little di-electric grease applied in plug, pushed cluster back in to position, & just lined up plug in hole where it came out, without putting it in from backside again, so as to allow spades to go deeper in plug, to also aid in getting better contact. The cluster will go back where it was pretty well, but not enough difference to cause any problems, tightened it back in with screws, snapped my trim back on, and fired it up, and all was working again. What I found was that the temperature would kind of dictate when the gauges acted up, so I figured plastic, expansion, contraction might be the cause. For a while, a good wack on top of the dash above the cluster, and everything would come back on, for a while. Anyway, might seem a little tedious but it really only took me about an hour the first time, and a half hour thereafter. Good Luck, hope it cures yours too. Let me know how it goes.

Posted on Sep 01, 2008

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SOURCE: 2004 Ford F150 Guage Cluster LIghts are out

FROM LustyKid:

You have to remove the dash panel be careful you don't break the string for the shift indicator which slides on and off. You will need to bring the shifter (column one) to the low position so you can pull out the dash. Lots of screws different sizes, don't interchange them. Don't over tighten them either, you crack the plastic in the dash panel and strip them. Good luck

Posted on Dec 26, 2008

SOURCE: Replace Dash light bulbs on 2004 Malibu Maxx

you need to take the hole dash out and on the back of the speed dash there are little bulbs take them out then replace them

Posted on Dec 30, 2008

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SOURCE: 1996 Dodge Neon Instrument Panel

I did pretty much the same thing that motor1258 did. This was on my third gauge cluster to be in the car. This solution simply does not work. Yeah whacking the top of the dash will sometimes get the gauges to work but not always. I have a bit of a temper and would get pretty annoyed by their non-compliance. I ended up breaking my dash from hitting it too much. So now I had a broken dash on top of my stubborn gauges. I just found a solution online that should be a permanent fix. Basically you take the gauges out, take them apart and re-sodder the pens on each plug back to the circuit board. I am going to try it and hopefully this ends my frustration.

Posted on Apr 23, 2009

michigan man
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SOURCE: Odometer, Speedometer, and Gas Guage not working

first check all the fuses and if they are good it may just be a bad cluster and you may have to replace it

Posted on Apr 26, 2009

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