85 El camino Gage cluster with fuel, volt, oil pressure, water temp will work then all will stop then work again in a few days then stop again... Anybody else with this problem and whats the fix? Thanks
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Check the ground points. You don't need a cluster. The cluster will not turn the radio or anything else off. I don't have the ground points for the f150. You can probably find them online. Since you're having problems on the inside, look under the dash. Common points are at each side of the cabin area by the side kick panels. Also around the steering column. Any black or black/white wire will be a ground. Since the truck keeps running, the grounds under the hood are probably fine.
unfortunately it is most likely your instrument cluster, these and several vehicles in gms lineup are pron for these failures. you will have to document the mileage and take the instrument to the dealer. i hope this helps and thanks for rating my answer
The "check gages" light comes on in response to the oil pressure (not oil level) gage dropping too low. Step one is to check to make sure the engine has oil pressure. Use a mechanical gage inserted directly into the engine when the oil pressure sensor screws in. If the pressure is good, you need to check the gage. Your dealer has a tool that attaches to the connector from the pressure switch that gose to the gage. He can then test the gage, cluster and circuit wiring. If that is ok the culprit is the oil pressure sensor itself. I normally don't recommend replacing parts without a proper diagnosis but an oil pressure switch is relatively inexpensive. You might want to try that first. It's relatively common anf if that's the culprit, you will save a bunch of $$$ no having to go to your dealer. If you still have a problem, you have at least eliminated one item and are only out a couple of bucks.
have you tried working on one problem at a time? have you check the body computer for any codes? and to also verify the bus line is ok. if you find nothing wrong with BCM or bus, try checking the speed sensor for an output signal or if the gear is bad.
when you pulled the top of the dash off did you check the cable connection to the insturment cluster. i had a similar problem where my gauges died individually including the spedo and tach. slapping the dash usually would cause the gauges to start working again, but that quit also and i had to tear the cluster out and check the conneciton. that fixed the problem.
CHECK GAGES light (1) indicates a potential engine failure(low oil pressure, low coolant, coolant overheating) has occurred. · Check gages and shut down engine. Gages should read as follows: Oil pressure 5 to 10 psi (34 to 69 kPa) at idle; Water Temp gage below 230 degrees (110 C).
· Check engine oil level (Para 2-11) if OIL PRESS gage indicates low reading. Check coolant level (Para 2-11) if Water Temp gage indicates high reading. Notify Unit Maintenance if levels are low.
If CHECK ENGINE light (2) is on, check engine oil pressure gage (3) and water temperature gage (4). If both indicate normal, proceed with mission and then notify Unit Maintenance. If either one does not indicate normal, stop engine immediately and notify Unit Maintenance