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Gauges jump around from nothing to working right

Gas, temp, and speed, jump from working right to nothing then to working right. checked all fuses all ok

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It isn't fun but; try pulling and re-plugging any connectors you find, especially under the dashboard. Your description sounds a lot like a 'flaky' connector. Also, if your owner's guide or the cover for your fuses has a description of fuse functions, pull and replace the fuse for 'accessories,' If this supplies the dash with power, it may just be a crusty fuse holder.

Posted on Sep 23, 2009

Also look for bad or loose grounds wires. Anywhere.

Posted on Sep 26, 2009

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