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Inside temperature guage has stopped giving A correct reading it is stuck on 68 degrees. Started last week. Any ideas on what could be causing this problem?

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Taking out the gauge cluster and having a look at the gauge would be recommended, it might be the gauge motor either stuck or burnt, you might need solder another motor ( they are very small motors, moving gauges up and down).

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