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Gauges gone crazy

Fuel, speedo, tach and temp needles start bouncing wildly. This has happened 3 times now at random, usually on the freeway. On this instance, the problem continued for 10-20 miles until I stopped and shutdown the van for a few minutes, but sometimes the gauges return to normal after 30 sec (according to wife)

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  • jnlgolf46 Aug 12, 2008

    My 2000 Windstar is doing the exact same thing!



  • jenjack Aug 26, 2008

    same exact problem with my 2000 windstar. changed the battery (old one was fine but just trying to check out things) and checked and cleaned all the ground wires and gauges still going bezerk

  • jimc2008 Aug 27, 2008

    dash gauges go wildly bouncing and then returns ok and starts again

  • njorgon Sep 02, 2008

    We have the same problem with our 2000 Ford Windstar. Seems to be doing it more frequently. We changed the alternator and after that it seems to do it on almost a daily basis.

  • grumstead2 Sep 11, 2008

    same thing except it is happening when I try to start. all kinds of weird noises and the dash gages and lights go nuts, now it won't start.

  • Anonymous Sep 26, 2008

    I have the same problem any fixes?



  • Rineau Nov 28, 2008

    I have the exact same problem. I've read there may be a seperate regulator in the panel. Some gauges operate on a 0-5 volt signal. My tachometer bounced so hard that the needle flopped over and stayed all the way over to the right (permanently). When I shifted my lever back into PARK its' indicator needle hit against the Tach. needle and it was displaced two positions to the right. Now whe I'm in DRIVE it indicates 1st gear. I'm also wondering if the shift indicator is part of a new instrument cluster. HELP!

  • beamrider42 May 30, 2009

    Problem was solved a few months ago, I had to swap out most of the
    instrument cluster, which I got from a wrecker, $100. A straight swap
    would not work due to the anti-theft/odometer circuit board inside the
    clusters. I took this circuit board out of my original cluster and put
    it in the cluster from the wreckers and problem solved.

  • Bruce Hamlin Oct 04, 2012

    If you take out the instrument panel you will find a smaller circuit board piggy backed above a larger board. I think there are 2 connectors where the connect together. On the back of the smaller circuit board you will need to re-solder where the plugs are soldered to that board. It fixed mine. The solder has cracked around the pins where they go through the board.

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Could need new instrument panel cluster but check for corrosion as the instrument panel connector

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