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I think there is a short in the dash of my 1998 plymouth neon. The gauges keep turning on and off and the speedometer i will be driving at any speed and the needle will go from 0 clear to 120mph and then just flat out quit

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  • militarydad3 May 23, 2009

    yes that is exactlly right

  • militarydad3 May 23, 2009

    that is what happens and i do not know what is wrong with it can you help

  • militarydad3 Jun 15, 2009

    it worked man thanks a whole lot man

  • militarydad3 Jun 15, 2009

    well You was right and it was the fact that it was not a circuit it was not good contact on the back of the gauges but it had 2 plugs like that so I went ahead and did that to both pf them just to make sure

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Let me guess, you hit a bump or bang top of dash & sometimes everything works again.

Posted on May 23, 2009

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 23, 2009

    Had same thing happen in my 95' and finally figured it out.
    Here's what you do. Pull the trim plate off around the speedometer cluster. 4 screws hold the cluster into the dash, remove them. Pull the cluster forward & release the connector(s) on the back & pull cluster right out. Now look in where those connector goes & you 'll see a bunch of little spade contacts. Carefully, using a pair of needle nose pliers, or good tweezers, either put a slight bend in the ends of them all, keeping pin aligned straight after, or twist the end slightly. This allows them to make better contact with the plug in the back. Now, the plug that's stuck in dash, that cluster plugs into,pop it out the back, then feed it back in through same hole it came out of, so that it is on the front side of dash panel. Now when you go to put cluster back in, just plug it to cluster, and set cluster in so that the connector is sitting in same hole it came out of, but now sitting on top, instead of behind. It feels like the cluster is not quite in where it was, but it will be o.k. Now put 4 screws back in & snug them up, but don't reef them too tight, just to avoid cracking. Put trim plate back on & give it a try.The reason for moving connector was to get it on cluster tighter too. Worked for me, sold it 4 years later, still working. Let me know how you make out. Probably take about an hour. Remember, you don't have to bend too much, just enough to make better contact. Any trouble or questions, let me know, either way, keep me posted.


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    Mike Butler Jun 15, 2009

    Your welcome & thanks for getting back with the good news !!

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