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No dashboard instruments

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I am having a problem with the dash board speedometer, gas guage etc not coming on at all. Other than that the car runs fine. They used to come on right away, then after a while, I would turn on the car and they wouldn't come for several seconds, then it was minutes now it is not at all.

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Try and check the fuses it will be under the hood. Mine quit working cause a fuse came loose.

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