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Instrument cluster looses power

I have a 1998 neon and sometimes I loose all power to all the gages and speedometer. Then I do nothing and start the car and everthing works good again. This has happened a couple of times now with no warning. You just be driving and you loose everything.

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  • BJ Fischer Jul 13, 2008

    I parked my car at a local parking lot to drive around with a buddy. Came back to find my car wouldn't start. Bought a battery and it started right up only now the instruments are all stuck to the up position and what is really stange when I turn the key backwards they all go back to normal position!! Any suggestions will be very much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    You may have a defective or corroded battery connection, did you clean the cables when the battery was replaced??v

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I have seen this problem several times and fixed it by doing the following at no cost. Rather than replacing the cluster, remove the cluster then remove the wiring connectors from the location they are mounted. Plug these connectors back into the cluster and reinstall the cluster. By installing the connectors off of the mounting location you are pinning them between the mounting location and the cluster thus not allowing them the free play that causes loss of connection/power.

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I too have a 98 neon, and came across this same problem. You need a new cluster. I called a local junk yard for a cluster. The part cost me less than $100. It is a pretty easy fix. Pop off the top cover above your dash and instrument panel. It is just plastic clips, though sometimes you really have to pull. Then remove the few screws, holding the cluster implace. Install the new cluster and then screw it back together, snap back in the cover, and your done.

Posted on Aug 12, 2008

  • Charley S Sep 29, 2013

    The parts could be purchased on eBay for $35. If you do it yourself, make sure you take your time and do not damage the circuit tracks. Very common mistake. You can also have the professionals do it for $50 at www.myairbags.com

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