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03 4Runner. No gauges work, no lights during pre start. Only

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03 4Runner. No gauges work...
03 4Runner. No gauges work, no idiot lights during pre start. Only p brake. Engine runs fine. Cluster is expensive. Got any troubleshooting to be sure?
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7/15/2017
Toyota Mechanic: Merlin Beerens, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago
Merlin Beerens
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Hi there, my name is***** am sorry to hear that you are having problems with your truck, can you please tell me, does your speedometer work? how about the tachometer? have you checked any fuses? and did the problem just start out of the blue?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Both tach and speedo are inop. According to the owner, they have been dealing with it for a while.
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Have not checked fuses. Wasn't aware gauge cluster was fused item.
Toyota Mechanic: Merlin Beerens, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

Let me check my diagrams, do you have the vehicle with you?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I'm sorry I don't. I wasn't sure if this year and model cluster was data link or can buss
Toyota Mechanic: Merlin Beerens, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

While it entirely possible that the combination meter is bad, there are 5 fuses that need to be checked, as well as a ground to check. Here are the fuses.

10A HEAD (HI RH)

10A TAIL

7.5A GAUGE

10A IGN

10A DOME

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thank you! Will do. Will update when I check it out this weekend. Thanks again
Toyota Mechanic: Merlin Beerens, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

Sounds good, I'll be here.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Sorry for the wait. All fuses check out.
RPM is inop, speedo is inop, but odometer it counting. Fuel level is inop. Coolant temp is fine, all small indicator (idiot) lights are working. I was incorrect before in my request. Gauge lite dimmer works as well. Lmk what you think. Thanks
Toyota Mechanic: Merlin Beerens, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

Ok, let me study my diagrams and see what I come up with, does your check engine light stay on?

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Toyota Mechanic: Merlin Beerens, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

And how comfortable are you removing the combination meter and pin testing for voltages?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Check engine light is not on just maintenance and the low tire pressure.
No problem can do.
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Will let u know when I get it off.
Toyota Mechanic: Merlin Beerens, Auto Mechanic replied 4 months ago

I am just getting off the computer, I will send you some diag info, if you need help reading/interpreting it, please just let me know, and I will help. Just follow the inspection procedure.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Will do. Thank you sir! Will let you know.
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Customer needed car. Will update when it comes back. You may close if you wish. Thanks!
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