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My gear indicator and odometer lites stopped working on my 99 century.

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Mine too replaced the whole instrument cluster to fix it after checking all the powers and grounds at the plugs in the back. pull up some wiring for it and pull that ***** outta there! plenty of room to backprobe the terminals if powers and grounds are good ( especially coming from headlamp switch) then replace the i/c

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