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2001 Ford Windstar Owners Manual, information on instrument cluster gauge needles which are burying and freezing intermittently.

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  • Ken Oct 24, 2010

    The engine light is not on. The battery appears good. Since it is all four gauge needles which act erratically intermittently, and tapping the dash above my instrument cluster sets them to working again, I wonder if it is a problem with a connector behind the dash?

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Your manual is here: http://www.motorcraftservice.com/pubs/content/~WO1WIN/~MUS~LEN/41/01winog3e.pdf

Gage problems can be caused by low battery or computer malfunction. Is the engine light on?

Posted on Oct 24, 2010

Testimonial: "There's no check engine light on, but I wonder if it might be a connector, as I can set the needles back to working by tapping the dash if they act up"

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    Jeffrey Turcotte Oct 24, 2010

    OK, if tapping works, it could be the cable connection or an internal issue. Let me look up the procedure to pull the panel out. I'll get a price on replacing too, in case it comes to that.

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    Jeffrey Turcotte Oct 24, 2010

    Striking out on the cluster. Nothing in the manual I have access to. Can you see screws holding it in? If yes, just take those out and gently pull the top down. The cables are usually pretty tight, so you will not be able to move it far without disconnecting stuff. Look around for a loose connector. Push them all on if you can. See if that works. Sorry I don't have more info.

  • Ken Oct 25, 2010

    Thank you for that information. I have purchased the Chilton repair manual for my vehicle, and am reading up on what is involved in replacing the instrument cluster. I really appreciate the time you have spent replying to my queries.

  • Ken Oct 25, 2010

    No worries at all, you have given me lots to work with. I have learned a few more things about it from this site regarding replacing the cluster. It sounds like replacing the cluster is not a problem as long as you keep the original odometer circuit board, or else you end up with a blinking theft light...
    Thanks again for all your help.

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