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Electrical / Lights / Gages

I purchased a 1996 Neon (110,000 miles) a year ago from a woman who drove the car everyday. I haven't driven the car except for once a month just to run it, maybe a mile or two. My daughter is ready to start driving and I am having a problem I can't figure out. A few months ago I noticed that when I turned the headlights lights on that the turn single lights and the high beam indicater on the instrument panel would stay on. The gages would stop working also. Everything seemed to work fine as long as the headlights were off. I replaced the head light switch and that seemed to correct the problem. Not so. When the drivers door is open everything seems to work fine. When you shut the door all the gages quit working and the turn single and high beam indicator lights come on and the instrument panel lights go out. We messed with the door jam switch and can reproduce this just by pushing the switch in and out. As long as the door is opened everything seems to work fine, when that switch is pushed in, thats when there is a problem. I installed a new battery last night and the alternator has been checked and is working fine. I also had trouble with the car shutting off on the way to my friends to check out the electrical problem. It shut off maybe 5 times in a 12 mile trip. Always restarted but what a pain. I need some help with this one - it seems to be an electrical problem (ground) but I'm not to good with electrical. I drove home last night with the door just barely closed so that it didn't trigger the jam switch and it only shut off once. It even affects the trip odometer.

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  • ketterman Sep 06, 2008

    I purchased a 1996 Neon (110,000 miles) a year ago from a woman who
    drove the car everyday. I haven't driven the car except for once a
    month just to run it, maybe a mile or two. My daughter is ready to
    start driving and I am having a problem I can't figure out. A few months ago I noticed that when I turned the headlights lights on that the turn single lights and the high beam indicater on the instrument
    panel would stay on. The gages would stop working also. Everything
    seemed to work fine as long as the headlights were off. I replaced the
    head light switch and that seemed to correct the problem. Not so. When
    the drivers door is open everything seems to work fine. When you shut
    the door all the gages quit working and the turn single and high beam
    indicator lights come on and the instrument panel lights
    go out. We messed with the door jam switch and can reproduce this just
    by pushing the switch in and out. As long as the door is opened
    everything seems to work fine, when that switch is pushed in, thats
    when there is a problem.

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Hi i want to know what wrong with my car was run then in few min it stop run then i trun run then wait few min it turn off again

Posted on Aug 30, 2008

Pull instrument/ cluster panel and re-melt cold solder joints where circuit board connects to dash connectors. Get them hot enough to turn them bright silver, usually 3-5 seconds each pin.
Good Luck!

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