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1999 dodge caravan intermittent instrument cluster

Instrument cluster on 1999 dodge caravan works intermittently. abs light comes on just before gauges go dead. dealer replaced the instrument cluster. problem went away for about a month. intermittent front wipers don't work and rear wiper does not turn on at all. removal of iod fuse for 30 minutes did not fix problem.

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This Seems Indicative Of a Poor Connection AT The CLUSTER Or A Junction Connecter Close to the Cluster. This is Assuming you Have Ruled OUT ALL ABS COMPONENTS, LOOK at These VERY CLOSLY Because of the Small Volts These Wires Carry , the SMALLEST DEFECT WILL Cause this Type of Symptom that you have given. Please try all of the Above, I feel Confedint that athis is where your Problem Is.

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