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Blinking instrument panel lights on buttons won't stop blinking. I've changed the fuses already. It all started when someone plugged their machine into the van computer.

Instrument panel lights keep blinking. Can't find the problem. Started after someone hooked the computer to one of their machines to find why the van wouldn't start. It ended up just being corroded battery cables. Now the lights won't stop flashing.

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Take it to a garage and ask them to clear the codes.Take it back to the person who put a diagnostic scanner on it that will clear the codes.

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