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1996 3.1L Pontiac Grand AM all gauges went crazy

I have 1996 Grand AM SE V6 3.1L recently, Tachometer, Speedometer, Temp meter and Fuel gauge went crazy. All needles went from zero to max then back and forth. Engine is running fine.
I need some help on this issue? Thanks.

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  • boaboa Jun 02, 2009

    Thank goldenracer9 for quick response. I'll try that today. I've bought this new battery from Kragen Auto Part last couple months. Some of my co-workers said Kragen sells "junk" battery? I've read some other posts from differnt sites pointing to alternator and battery. And now you mention about battery. Then the Kragen "junk" battery resurfaces. By the way, how can I measure the current correctly? Thank again, appreciate it.

  • boaboa Jun 03, 2009

    boatermonkey
    They are all analog gauges.

  • boatermonkey May 11, 2010

    is it a digital desplay?

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Sometimes when the battery is too low the gages will go haywire.check you battery terminals for good conductivity and current levels. sounds like a low current problem.computer runs on 12 volts not 11 or 10. low current will give poor performance and bad electrical response.
try that first then look for shorts under the dash ie naked wires or burnt wires.
good luck.

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If all voltages checked ok, then most probably its faulty instrument cluster board on which gauges are connected. Yes if cluster circuit board looks ok, then also it can be faulty. Somewhere there is minute short or burn on board then such problem arises.


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