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Old 10-28-2010, 08:18 PM
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Question Instrument Cluster...

Hey guys i was wondering if any of you have had this problem?

I bought a truck and the instrument cluster now works in and out... the guy who i bought it form said he pulled it apart to clean it and must not have gotten a ground right or something.... half of the backlights work but all the wts light, abs, check engine and all those work.. just the needle gauges dont work...

Do you think im in for some new gauges or is it something else? already checked fuses
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Old 10-28-2010, 11:02 PM
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there is no ground. there just 3 plugs, pull the trim off, then take the 4 screws out and check the connection, if none of the needles work then its probably the middle one.. but if he did take it apart, might be he rolled the OBO back.
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Old 10-29-2010, 07:09 PM
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cool thanks ill have to try that tomorrow. and yeah i thought about that but i bought it 2 months after he did and i ran a car fax and the mileage all added up so that he only put about 1500 miles on it... everything is legit but i see what you were saying
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a good way to tell is if the numbers are all level and add up when it rolls then next number(s) (like some gets off level when it rolls to the next digit, not the .X but the rest of the numbers)
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Old 10-30-2010, 03:26 PM
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looks like my green circuit board is ripped through one of the circuits...

can you just buy a new circuit board? i looked but cant find one

on the circuit it says "PWN 131 Light Truck Diesel F81F-10C956-C
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Old 10-30-2010, 03:37 PM
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Depending on how many, and how big, the torn traces are (those flat copper wires embedded in the fiberglass) you can actually solder regular wire to each side and maybe fix it!

I've done this on all sorts of stuff.....
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Old 10-31-2010, 05:21 AM
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yeah i was thinking about trying that... ill have to see how it goes.

what happened is that flap that the plug touches was folded too tight and the plug wasnt getting full contact therefore my gauges werent working (you were right wiyrs it was the middle plug thanks!) when i push on the circuit board around the plug the gauges would work.

It looks like ill have to solder to fix the trace and then find a way to make it so i get full contact... thanks for the help guys
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