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Gauges go Wild when Headlights are Turned on

When my 93 dodge dynasty is running and I pull the headlights on, the gauges go wild. Then, if I turn on the turn signal, one gauge actually clicks up and down in unison with the signal. I'm assuming it's a short and have looked for broken wires...can't find anything though. Any advice?

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  • homerjoe545 May 23, 2009

    I did remove the instrument cluster, but I can't pull it out far enough to see anything (wires are too tight). I reached inside the hood and jostled a large cluster of wires. After that, the short seemed to be gone, everything worked fine. I'd still like to figure out where the short is so I can repair it of course.

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The back side has a circuit board which sound s like a short has occured. To inspect this problem a dark burnt area will be present if you had removed the instrument cluster out to see. The circuit board is like a soft floppy plastic sheet with the copper circuit embedded inside of it

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