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Instrument panel shut off and on when hitting

Instrument panel shuts off and on when hitting bumps

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  • frank thomas wilson
    frank thomas wilson Jun 01, 2010

    The connector on the cluster has a loose wire to that plug in

  • kfrandsen Jun 23, 2010

    Thank you

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First i would remove the inst panel and make sure the connectors are tight if so wiggle them see you can duplicate problem if not try removing the connectors and amke sure they clean and tight fitting and reinstall them and see if that helps

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