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The gauges in my 1998 plymouth neon keep malfunctioning but when I tap the dash of the car they start working for a little bit then mess up again

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