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Have a 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan this is an intermittent problem the Tach and the speedometer stops working we stop and shut off the vehicle then start it again most of the time the tach and speedometer starts working again.

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When the gauges quit, does the ABS light come on? Does the gas gauge and temp gauge quit too?

Posted on Jul 09, 2010

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  • gjc_1966 Jul 21, 2010

    No the ABS light does not come on and the gas guage and temp gauge sitll works.

  • Clint Smock
    Clint Smock Jul 21, 2010

    Sounds like it might be a communication problem or bad cluster. I look up the self test for the cluster. You can hold buttons of the cluster and run it through a self test. I'll post it tomorrow.

  • gjc_1966 Aug 08, 2010

    Have you found the self test for the communication or bad cluster problem?

  • Clint Smock
    Clint Smock Aug 11, 2010

    Sorry I've been busy at work. I'll look it up

  • Clint Smock
    Clint Smock Aug 11, 2010

    With the key off, Push and hold the trip and reset buttons. Turn the key on. Keep holding the two buttons until CODE appears in the odometer window. After CODE disappears, write down any three digit numbers that appear and post them. After the codes it will say CHEC-0, then it will test the illumination lights. Then it will say CHEC-1 And will test the gauges. Speedo should go 0-20-55-75. Tach should be 0-1000-3000-6000. Gas should go empty-1/8-1/4-full. Temp should go Cold, low, high, hot. Then it will say CHEC-2. It will test all the odometer lights. Then CHEC-3. It will test the trans indicator lights. Let me know if something doesn't work right with this test, or what codes you get before 999.

  • gjc_1966 Sep 06, 2010

    Still having the same problem. Have you had time to look self test?

  • merv_k Feb 17, 2011

    My ABS light does come on and the gas gauge and temp lights do not work! If I hit the dash it would come back on ..but now that doesn't seem to be helping....

  • youtube12 Sep 16, 2011

    Same thing happened to mine. Only thing different was that everything stopped working on the control panel and the doors wouldn't lock automatically anymore. It would work off and on for years until all of it stopped working completely. Took it to mechanic who found the problem. Forgot what the code was. Anyway he took the dash apart and pulled out the panel and found something behind it that was cracked and soldered it. Now all works fine. :)

  • tberan1 Sep 15, 2012

    The failure or issue is a cracked PIN connection on the electrical terminal, seen it often. You'll need to remove the instrument cluster, dash pieces around it need to go first. Carefully remove the PIN connection from the back of the instrument cluster. CAREFULLY study the PIN connection on the cluster; I expect you'll find one with a slight crack in it (appears as afine black line) simply reheat tha solder on that pin until it just begins to flow, remove heat and let cool, reassemble the dash and you should be good to go. That should do it for you!

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