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Tach needle buried at park

The gauges on my wife's windstar started acking crazy a couple of weeks ago. Tach needle has since gone all the way clockwise and buried itself where the gear selector is Park. If I buy a used cluster, how hard is it to replace the circuit board for the anti theft?

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  • Bruce Hamlin Oct 04, 2012

    If you take out the instrument cluster, on the back of it you will see a smaller circuit board piggy backed above a larger circuit board. There are 2 connectors where the plug together. Take the smaller one off and look at the back of it where the connector is soldered to the board. You will most likely find some cracked solder connections where the pins come through the board and solder on the back. Just re-solder them with a 25 watt soldering iron with a pointed tip, which can be purchased at Walmart. I had that on my 2000 Windstar and it works great now.

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    When the car is parked with the motor running and gear selector is in park the tach is reading 4k to 6k. This an intermittant problem. Problem will not perform the the dealer.

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Purchase a new keyless remote FOB. The signal from the remote is weak and loses contact with the anti-theft module in the instrument cluster. We have 2 sets of keys and 1 worked while the other caused the instrument cluster needles to jump and jam the gear selector. The problem is not the car's battery, alternator, wiring or instrument cluster.

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