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None of my guages (gas, speed,temp.) on my dash, work on my 1998 Dodge Caravan. Not a constant problem, just random. The brake light and check engine light are on. Any thoughts on what could be wrong?

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Oops. The brake light if on should be investigated first. The fluid level, is it low?

Also, if the check engine light is on, the codes should be read on an OBD-II scanner to get a clue as to what is wrong.

Check the gauge fuse for the gauges going out randomly. The gauge assembly may have a bad connection in the harness though.

Posted on Jul 10, 2010

  • Onevoice Dec 17, 2010

    There is a common problem with some doge and chrysler products. The printed circuit board is bad and or a connection is periodically lost. (in the dash in front of the driver.) You have to bang on the top of the dash to get it to come back on. Then of course your check engine light will come on and if checked will come up with all sorts of codes on the computer - none of which may or may not exist. Problem is tough to find which circuit board is bad (they're about 250 U.S. new) Dodge knows about the wide spread problem but does nothing at all about it. Another issue with the 3 Ltr engine of the 98's is that at around 100 thousand miles or 150 thousd kilomiters the thing starts using oil pretty badly. There is no fix for this. Dodge finally got the hint and in 2003 stopped using that engine.

  • bestfriend2j Sep 04, 2011

    Exactly the same problem with my van of the same engine and year very helpful, and I have been told the extra oil usage is caused by the gaskets going bad and was told to change them every oil change. Thank you very much for the info, how do I check the boards though?

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