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1996 Dodge Caravan instrument cluster Intermittent on-off

About a month ago: Warning lights "air bag", "check engine", randomly on and off. One day, speedometer and gauges didn't register at all for several minutes. several times alarm has randomly gone off.
Starting engine: Three times in past four weeks, engine would start up for moment and stop, then not start at all. Would start up after simply waiting random/inconsistent periods of time...Once, it started again in 15 minutes, another had to wait an overnight.
No problems driving it really. Just worry about 'will it start today?'
My mechanic says to check body control module. If thats the issue, whats the least expensive remedy?

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Check all the connections to the BCM for corrosion, and spray some WD-40 on them and wiggle them. See if that changes anything. Look for loose connections or damage.

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SOURCE: The instrument cluster doesn't always come on and

I would first check (pull and re-plug) any connectors you can spot under the dashboard. This kind of annoyance can come from a single contact set that isn't contacting all the time.

Posted on Oct 24, 2009

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SOURCE: No instruments, guages or lights.

there should be a fuse panel somewhere in your engine compartment ,check those

Posted on Aug 29, 2009

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SOURCE: headlights, entire instrument cluster, radio,

Multiple problems like these leads me to think you should:
Check the Relays and Power-to-the-Relays in the IPM located in the engine compartment (also referred to as the fuse box); especially the Accessory Relay. Most these Relays have similiar size/type Relays inside the box. Switch out known working relays with suspected not working relays and check the known working function. If it now does not work, it is the Relay.
If this does not work, then there is possibly a wiring issue.
Let me know if this worked or not or if you have any additional questions.

Posted on Nov 23, 2009

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SOURCE: 1999 dodge caravan intermittent instrument cluster

This Seems Indicative Of a Poor Connection AT The CLUSTER Or A Junction Connecter Close to the Cluster. This is Assuming you Have Ruled OUT ALL ABS COMPONENTS, LOOK at These VERY CLOSLY Because of the Small Volts These Wires Carry , the SMALLEST DEFECT WILL Cause this Type of Symptom that you have given. Please try all of the Above, I feel Confedint that athis is where your Problem Is.

Posted on Jul 16, 2010

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SOURCE: fuel gaue indicator does not come on Electronic

you will need a diagnostic determination whether or not it is the Instrument Panel or the fuel sending unit itsself

Posted on Dec 14, 2011

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