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Intermittent failure at dashboard..dash lights../or gauges will drop

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Intermittent failure at dashboard; dash lights will go off, and/or gauges will drop to no reading. Once this kept it from starting. It would start and not run. Later same day; no response at all from turning key. Hooked up code reader, no faults, then started and ran fine. When it started the dash lights and gauges all read properly. 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan, 178K miles, replaced transmission last year, but otherwise in really good shape. Want to keep.
Submitted: 8 years ago via
Category: Dodge
Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 8 years ago.


The most common reason for this to happen is the multi-connector on the back of the instrument cluster.

You can try removing it and re-installing it,,,alot of times this makes the connection.

If that doesnt fix it,,,you might have to replace the BCM (body control module0 but it requires some pretty serious testing,,,,but you can try the disconnect/reconnect on it as well.



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