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The instrument cluster on my 96 volvo 850 AWD has ceased to function, no rev counter, temp ,fuel, or speedo, what can I do to fix please?

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  • tim_hil Aug 21, 2010

    Yes indeed it was, since I could only conclude power was not getting through , I was checking for relay problems and or failed fuses, and since it seems neither exist to affect the instruments I was left pondering my next move.
    I'm now sourcing a second hand pod, thank you very much for your help Guru 'reisdos'

    Kind Regards TK



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Well the good news is this is not common with the volo

however, the bad news is the company that made this cluster is the same one that made the continental which had lots of problems

since there is no one power or ground for your cluster it is VERY likely that the computer inside the cluster has failed

in order to diagnose, you will need a professional scanner

please see your dealer or a VERY GOOD independent garage

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