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1996 dodge neon speedometer wont work - 2002 Dodge Neon

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    Thanks for the tip. I'll try to fix my neon tomorrow.

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My fiance has an automatic 1996 Dodge Neon, and every once in a while her speedometer begins to fail intermittently. The problem is actually an easy fix. Pry up the dashboard cover (it is just held down with pressure fasteners) and look around the instrument cluster. There should be 4 screws holding it down. Remove these screws and pull out the cluster towards you. It should come out with little trouble. There will be two black plugs mounted to the dash, with two matching sockets on the back of the cluster. What I did was take some small needle nose pliers, twist the connecters in the cluster slightly, either clockwise or counter-clockwise. Also, slide the plugs out of the dash, plug them into the cluster, and fit the cluster back into place. What I think was happening was that the plugs weren't making decent contact with the cluster, and the vibrations were jiggling them loose. So far, it has fixed the problem..

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98 Neon with intermittent speedo. Remove the instrument cluster. On the back you will find two multipin connectors that hook up automatically when you put the cluster in. Remove the back circuit card from the instrument cluster, and heat up all the solder joints on those two multipin connectors. It fixed mine, and the one I got from the junkyard with the same problem. To get the cluster out you lift up the top of the instrument panel and unscrew the four phillips screws that retain the cluster, then pull it straight out. Good luck.

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I belive your vehicle has the 3 speed automatic transmission model 31TH/470.There is a speedometer sensor mounted on the transmission,and can only be accessed from under the vehicle.It is mounted on the transmission aluminum stub shaft where the passenger side axle goes into the trans.Unplug the connector,remove 10 mm bolt,and when removed,the gear and clip have to be transferred over to the new sensor.Reinstall,clear codes and test drive.If it has the 4 speed automatic overdrive transmission,the 41TE/604,that trans utilizes 2 speed sensors mounted on the exterior case,input and output speed sensors,and are easily replaced,again,if the car is up in the air.They can be changed with a 1" wrench or socket.

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SOURCE: 1996 Dodge Neon - All dash gauges work intermittently

The problem is broken solder connections on the instrument panel circuit board. Now here's how to fix it: Lift up & remove dash pad/gauge cluster trim. Remove 4 phillips screws to remove gauge cluster. Turn gauge cluster over, remove 6 T15 Torx screws, & remove black paper. Remove 5 more T15 screws for the circuit board & 4 T15 screws at the wiring harness connectors. Disconnect the gray odometer cable; just push in the little pin and slide it out. After all the screws are out, gently lift up on the circuit board; you may need to lift up on one side at a time. BE VERY CAREFUL! After you remove the circuit board, flip it over (you will see the dash lights). There are two areas with 10 soldered pins (two rows of 5 pins) & a black dot above & below it. If you look at these pins closely, you may see the broken solder. Apply heat from a soldering iron to these pins; you shouldn't have to add more solder, but you may. As it heats, the old solder will become shiny & melt. Remove heat. This should be enough to repair those connections. Look at the solered pin; if you see a crack in the solder around the pin, heat it up again & apply a small amount of solder. After you reheat/resolder those pins, let it cool. Then reassemble the gauge cluster. It sounds tougher than it really is. Just be gentle & work carefully. You'll be fine, & your gauges will work again.

Posted on Mar 17, 2009

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Had same problem on my 95' about 3 times in 7 or 8 years. Pulled trim panel off around gauges/speedo cluster. 4 screws if I remember correctly, and pulled the instrument cluster out far enough to disconnect plug at back off cluster. Now, the plug that is there,in the dash, that connects to back of cluster, I wiggled or whatever I had to do, ( maybe push it out through the back, then feed it back through hole to front) to get it to come out through the front. Now, see all those little male spades inside the cluster where that connector attaches, I took a pair of small needle nose pliers and bent the very ends of them all,slightly, enough to make better contact with plug in dash, but not so much that they wont go back in to females in dash plug. Then I re-attached plug to back of cluster, after a little di-electric grease applied in plug, pushed cluster back in to position, & just lined up plug in hole where it came out, without putting it in from backside again, so as to allow spades to go deeper in plug, to also aid in getting better contact. The cluster will go back where it was pretty well, but not enough difference to cause any problems, tightened it back in with screws, snapped my trim back on, and fired it up, and all was working again. What I found was that the temperature would kind of dictate when the gauges acted up, so I figured plastic, expansion, contraction might be the cause. For a while, a good wack on top of the dash above the cluster, and everything would come back on, for a while. Anyway, might seem a little tedious but it really only took me about an hour the first time, and a half hour thereafter. Good Luck, hope it cures yours too. Let me know how it goes.

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SOURCE: find the pcv valve on a dodge neon 1996

When facing the engine compartment, the pcv valve will be located on the right end of the valve cover. It threads into the cover and will have a rubber hose attached also.

Any further problems, give me a shout.

Posted on Dec 13, 2008

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SOURCE: 2004 dodge neon speedometer stopped working

Try giving it a good rap on dash above speedo, see what happens, and get back to me, it may have same problem as my old 95' neon did.

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