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Instrument cluster problems

I replaced a bulb in my gauge cluster and it still wont light, I tried using another bulb but still nothing, the contacts look very clean so I dont have a clue what else I can do.

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    wayne allen Oct 20, 2013

    all the other bulbs work its only this one

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Check the fuse..

Posted on Oct 20, 2013

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SOURCE: 2000 Chrysler Voyager Instrument Cluster is dead

have you got a dimmer switch on your model to dim the dash lights. if you have it may be faulty. link the cables together if the lights work the switch is faulty. if you have not got a dimmer switch
your printed circuit on the back of the dash may be faulty or the plug in the back of the dash is not pushed all the way in. hope this helps

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It could be the voltage regulator for your instrument cluster is the problem.

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SOURCE: pontiac 2003 aztec cluster panel not working

GM has a problem with clusters but the government nor GM will do a recall on the clusters. Check ur local yellow pages for a Speedometer fix company , if u cant find one hit me back and I can find one for you.. In Houston we pay $250 for the service.

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SOURCE: Need to replace instrument cluster/AC bulbs

Hello, You can obtain a 2004 Ram Factory Service Manual with all of that information available from Promanuals.net. The reason why it may be so important is because right before the removal instructions the service manual has diagnostic instructions to try. There are numerous pages on removing the instrument cluster, and cluster bezel.

(1) Disconnect and isolate the battery negative
cable. (For Airbag)

(2) Remove the cluster bezel from the instrument
panel. (Refer to 23 - BODY/INSTRUMENT PANEL/
CLUSTER BEZEL - REMOVAL).

(3) Remove the four screws that secure the instrument
cluster to the instrument panel structural support
(Fig. 5).

(4) Pull the instrument cluster rearward far
enough to access and disconnect the instrument
panel wire harness connectors for the cluster from
the connector receptacles on the back of the cluster
housing.

(5) Remove the instrument cluster from the instrument
panel.
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SOURCE: instrument cluster bulb is out. how do i replace

It may not be a bulb, as the instrument cluster usually has a number of bulbs and they probably didn't all blow at once. Pulling instrument clusters can be touchy and may not be for the average "shadetree mechanic" however, typically there are a few screws above the cluster going into the dash pad and a few hidden behind the trim panels below the cluster.

Posted on Dec 22, 2009

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The instructions in the shop manual look pretty easy for your vehicle however. It only says to remove the instrument cluster cover, the instrument cluster mounting screws, disconnect the electrical connectors and remove the cluster....sounds simple anyway....

As for what bulb to use, the service manual does not say. That information is probably in your owner's manual. When I do these, I take the cluster out first to see what bulb type it uses, and replace it....you can do the same if you have a second car. Just take the bulbs out, then go to the parts store to get replacements when you have the old bulbs in your hand - that way, you can e certain to get the correct bulbs.

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