Question about Dodge Ram 2500
Sounds like the dreaded cracked instrument cluster problem. Then, one possible no start condition, this will
prevent the car from starting if this happens. You would have to get a
replacement cluster unless you are good at soldering. I would also first try cleaning the battery terminals
and the inside of the cables first and get them all cleaned up using a
battery brush. The next thing believe or not when you try to start the
car give the dashboard a good whack and see if it livens anything up,
if so its the cluster.
I would start with taking the instrument cluster out and resoldering the connections. Soldering is really not that bad, just need a steady hand. I didn't add much solder, just tin the tip to help with the heat transfer and hold to the joint. It melts, remove heat, it hardens. Read this LINK for pics, removal instructions and fix.
And HERE for 1998 "dash removal" pics.
Hope this help.
Posted on May 12, 2010
Okay...I looked through 186 recalls and service bulletins and nothing related to what is going on with your vehicle. However, if any sort of maintenance was done where any of the plugs were disconnected and the proper steps for the 5 second interval was not followed, then the system associated with that component may have been corrupted and the diagnostic charts say replacement of the part...no further action can be taken for repair but part replacement only.
Posted on May 11, 2010
Can you tell what scanner have you used ? Your vehicle could also be using OBD 1 rather than OBD 2. Since OBD2 started after 1997 there is a high possibility you are using the wrong scanner as the check engine light is giving you a warning here and it must be for a reason.Hope this helps.
Posted on May 11, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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