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While driving 1997 intrepid, the instrument panel

While driving 1997 chrysler (dodge) intrepid, the instrument panel stops working. No speedometer etc. Also happens when it is hot outside.

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  • norman_schwe Jul 13, 2009

    No, the car continued to operate without the instrument cluster. Also, I did notice that the daytime running lights pulse when this event occurs.

  • Rob Sinbad
    Rob Sinbad May 11, 2010

    did the car quit running when all your gauge shut down? or the engine shut off also

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I just experienced this problem. I called my mechanic and he knew what it was because it happened to his wife's Intrepid.

The solder connections on the back of the dash crack allowing it to work at times due to temperture variations. All he did was remove the cluster and re-solder it and replace it. It now works perfectly. He charged me $100. Cheaper than a new cluster!

Posted on Apr 11, 2010

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