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Instrument cluster acts like there is a short in it.
Hi there. There are ground wires in the dash that need to be checked that are related to the instrument panel. See if the ground wires are tight and free of corrosion. Then check the battery cables for that they...
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My dash electric system is shot. Any Ideas what to fix?
Hi There, It sounds like your instrument cluster needs to be replaced. Like many other elements of your vehicle, the modern instrument cluster is electronic, and requires voltage in order to operate. The instrument cluster consumes less power than batteries...
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Alternator is not working and the instrument lights are out.
If the charging system is not working, that is something that needs to be corrected first. Your car has a whole network of computer modules that will behave very strangely if the system voltage is not correct. Once you have...
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Instrument cluster and tail lights are not working
Hello. The symptoms you describe can be caused by a few different things, possibly two separate issues. The first thing I would do is check the vehicle's fuses to make sure that none of them are blown out. It may...
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Instrument lights come on. Speedometer and tachometer stop working, then come back on periodically
Hi there. There is a loose ground that is causing the lights to appear at any time. Check the battery cables to ensure that they are tight. Check the ground wires under the dash and make sure that they are...
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Truck won't stay running
Hey there. Did you charge the battery before starting the truck with the new alternator? An alternator trying to maintain system charge and charge the battery from dead puts a lot of stress on the alternator and can cause a...
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My dashboard instrument panel stopped working all of a sudden
Instrument panel failures were a problem with this model, largely caused by water leaks in the windshield/cowl area that found their way to the instrument cluster (Technical Service Bulletin 383318). There was even an informal customer satisfaction program early in...
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Dash lights not working
Hello. The symptoms you are describing can be caused by a few different things. If the same lights as before are no longer working then it may be possible that there is an issue with the instrument cluster that is...
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Dashboard havoc
This may be related to a short or a faulty instrument cluster voltage regulator. The instrument voltage regulator regulates the voltage supplied to the various gauges in your vehicle’s dash. When this is not working properly, this may cause the...
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Instrument Cluster gauges false readings
This may be related to a short or a faulty instrument cluster voltage regulator. The instrument voltage regulator regulates the voltage supplied to the various gauges in your vehicle’s dash. When this is not working properly, this may cause the...
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Where is the instrument panel to find the trip reset button to press and hold in order to reset the trip mileage?
Hi there. When resetting the trip mileage on your vehicle, look at the steering wheel and just behind it is the instrument panel (the part that has all of the gauges). Look on the instrument panel for a black small...
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I changed the fuel pump and now my gas gauge doesn't work
The fuel level sender on this vehicle is connected to the fuel pump module that goes in the fuel tank. When you were installing the fuel pump module back into the fuel tank you may have inadvertently bent or damaged...
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The dash instrument cluster keeps dropping out.
Hi there. Check the ground wires to the instrument cluster and see if the wires are loose. A loose ground will cause the instrument panel to shut on and off all the time. Also, check the battery cables and make...
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I have a problem with my instrument cluster back lighting.
There is a function on your vehicle where you can change the intensity of the backlight on the instrument cluster. There may be a problem in the circuit at the rheostat that controls the dimming of the backlighting or the...
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Instrument Cluster Lights Come on and Off
This may be related to a short or a faulty instrument cluster voltage regulator. The instrument voltage regulator regulates the voltage supplied to the various gauges in your vehicle’s dash. When this is not working properly, this may cause the...
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I replaced both Vss but still problems exist with speed over 20 mph. Speed tac and rpm gauges go crazy.
The problem may not have been in the sensors, but the electronics inside the instrument cluster itself. If the circuit board has corrosion or is cracked, it may interrupt the electrical signals to the motors that move the needles across...
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Hey my check engine lamp work but my Rom and speed lamps do not what could cause this
The instrument panel has quite a few separate bulbs. You may have a circumstance where some of the bulbs are faulty and need to be replaced. If you are referring to intermittent operation though and/or gauge malfunctions, the cause could...
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How do I adjust the brightness of the instrument panel lighting on my 2007 Ford C-Max?
Instrument panel brightness is controlled by a dimmer switch. Looking online, it appears as though not all C-Max vehicles were equipped with this option. If your car does indeed have a dimmer switch it will be located on the dash...
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How to reset odometer
The mileage on an odometer can only be set by a state certified repair facility. You will need to have proof of the existing mileage. The repair facility would need to see the proof before they can adjust the mileage...
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Could the reason for my dashboard gauges not working be a fuses and or fuses needing to be replaced?
Depending on the vehicle year, make and model you may have a fuse that got blown. You may also have a shorted instrument cluster that has blown fuses or is just not making good contact with the wire harness connections...

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