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1999 malibu guage cluster not working after a spark from jumping car. Replaced ignition key assembly, replaced guage cluster, checked all fuses.....still nothing. lights work, but the guages are frozen.

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Unhook the battery hold the wires together for about 3 min, this should reset the cpu that runs the car. If that doesn't work check for a blown ground somewhere. Or you could have fried the guages, possible, but not likely. Don't forget to vote.

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