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The gas gauge, tachometer gauge and speedometer gauge are jumping back and forth. what is causing this?

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LOOK FOR THE LITES ON THE PANEL TO FLASH OR FADE OFF AND ON, IF SO,THE INSTRUMENT PANEL MAY HAVE A POOR GROUND..

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Had the same issue its a defect in the solders on the back of the gauge cluster board... They had issues with cold and broken solder points ... Remove it and reflow the solders problem solved..

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