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Instrument cluster failure causes fuse #29 to blow.

My failure includes all the dash instruments (odometer, speedometer, gauges and such) and also causes my overdrive button to not work on the automatic gear shift handle. I can replace the fuse and it will work for a while. Can anyone shed some light as to what might be causing this failiure?

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  • kscanada May 26, 2008

    One more comment about my issue....the instrument cluster lights stay on.

  • calvinknight Dec 20, 2008

    I have the identical problem with a 98 Ford Expedition. Instrument cluster does not work. Instrument lights stay on. Apparently blows a fuse. Does anyone know how to fix this?



    Thanks

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    all the gauges light up but wont work an some lights on dash fuse it comes back to 21(under dash) not getting power

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Ok it could be quite simple
lets look at wrong size fuse
example 15 and you need a 25 fuse
also if you did any work on vehicle its quite possible that you grounded something out wrong retrace your work and fix accordingly
bad cluster relay is another problem that would cause these problems

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While driving gauges go out no tach or seedometer. vehicle still runs. if i turn light on then off gauges start working again help

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I have a 1997 ford crown victoria and all the gaudges are out but the car still drives what is my solution and i have checked my fuses so i cant figure out what the problem is

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