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Dashboard gauges don't work and van won't start

I have a 1998 Chrysler Town & Country LXi van. I went to start the van and couple of days ago and it would start but would cut right off. I did this about 3 tries and after than it would not start but the lights, locks, radio everything worked except for the gauges on the dashboard (speedomator, temp, miliage did not work and would not start. I called the auto store here where i live and they it sounds like the solder connection is loose and needs to be soldered back in place. How do i get the dashboard panel off to get to the instrument cluster. your help will be greatly appreciated.

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  • william richmond Jul 19, 2015

    The issue you are talking about the gauges on the van. The security circuit goes thru the dashboard. The issue I had with mine same. You tube has the video to remove the dashboard which I did on the back is a cracked 12 volt feed that cracks causing all the issues I fixed mine with a solder gun I reheated the power feed and no more dash problems. Check it out

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  • alexmv688 Jun 11, 2009

    I had the same problem on my 1997 town and country. I had to hit the top really hard to get the gauges work again.You need to take the cluster out and open it until you get to the main board. What you need to resolder is the pins on the back of the board that holds the main electrical cables that attach to the car. i first look everithing will look normal but there might be a little tiny crack on the soldering. Re solder them pins again and replace the cluster. There is a website that shows how to take it off and solder it. I cannot remember what it was but just take any screw that holds it. there is nothing you can damage or break. its only one piece and one cable connection. i will try to find the website for you if you need it.

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  • huntervg Jul 15, 2011

    WAHOO - THANKS TO THE GUY WHO RECCOMENDED HITTING THE DASH BOARD - I spent a night in a Safeway parking lot below freezing (curled up betwenn my dogs) last Nov. - it hapenned again today - went out with a rubber mallet and boom started right up - SO HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST AND WHAT IS A MORE PERMANENT SOLUTION?

  • Becky Sipe Apr 29, 2013

    We've been hitting the dashboard for almost a year now, when; the van won't start, or when the dials max out while driving down the road. A good hit downward on the dash just over the steering wheel seems to make it straighten up for awhile anyway. Tomorrow, we take the dash apart to investigate and maybe soldiering.

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I have the same issue - see: http://www.topix.com/forum/autos/chrysler-town-country/T31MRNJU1AR51AEVR#lastPost Not sure if someone has a permanent fix...... Does replkacing the cluster really work? Mine work intermittently. There another link here: http://ingriddijkers.com/CaravanPics.html

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Its not the control module cause im having same problem and was told to replace the module so im trying the pin connector like alexmv688 said but whats the website

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    jdanthony598 Apr 09, 2013

    its not the control module cause im having same problem and was told to replace the module so im trying the pin connector like alexmv688 said but whats the website

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I see this problem over and over again on fixya, i suspect it has a factory service bulletin that addresses its cause, try contacting the dealer, when this happens soon after u will begin to have a no start problem as well, i can tell u this it is a control module issue, maybe the Body Control Module.

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I have the same problem but it's the alarm system. I have a short in the wireing that is enabling the alarm and even though i can lock and unlock the doors it won't trip the alarm off. After 3-4 attempts to start and it turn over but die the car will fail to turn over. After a few hours of sitting the vehicle will do the same turn over but die unless the short conects for a fluk reason and it starts. I need to know how to disconnect the alarm system.mrsvogt@hughes.net

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