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Old 07-29-2004, 06:14 PM   #1
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Good day, all, I have an irritating little problem that I am virtually sure is a "connection" issue. The "Driver Information Panel" on the dash (this is the little picture of the car and the yellow discrepants such as when a door is open and also the odometer, too) is intermittent. Every now and again it just shuts off. Comes back on in its own mercurial time. Very frustrating. Thinking it is a loose connection. Therefore, my question is: Where are the connectors for this? Perhaps there is an accessible one that is causing problems. Anyway, any help on this would be greatly appreciated. PS: Banging on the thing doesn't work........ Thanks in advance! stever
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Use the procedure in Techinfo to remove the cluster. CAREFULLY disassemble the cluster, one layer at a time, one connector at a time. Use some electronic contact cleaner on each one, and work the connectors in and out. Put it all back together, and do this with the main cluster connectors, too.

This will fix the problem 75% of the time.
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This will fix the problem 75% of the time.
Ayup; what he said. Your symptoms are exactly the same as mine were before my rebuild. Mine were temperature-sensitive: the display would only flake out (1) on cold days (2) about 10 minutes into a drive, after the interior started to warm up. When the car was completely chilled inside and out, it was fine, and when the car was fully warmed up, it was fine, but in the transition from cold to warm, it would go bonkers or completely dark for 20-30 minutes or more. It'* been fine since my rebuild.
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This will fix the problem 75% of the time.
Ayup; what he said. Your symptoms are exactly the same as mine were before my rebuild. Mine were temperature-sensitive: the display would only flake out (1) on cold days (2) about 10 minutes into a drive, after the interior started to warm up. When the car was completely chilled inside and out, it was fine, and when the car was fully warmed up, it was fine, but in the transition from cold to warm, it would go bonkers or completely dark for 20-30 minutes or more. It'* been fine since my rebuild.
Mine has been doing exactly this. Just not irritating enough for me to take on the infinitely more irritating task of pulling the dash apart..
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Gads! I was afraid that this would be the answer! I am not too thrilled to tackle taking the dash apart.....however, if that is what I have to do, well then I guess I will do so. I have another little irritating thing that may be the same answer: My boost gauge all of a sudden is erratic. The 'trend' information is correct but it jumps around so much and is obviously not the correct reading. It just started doing this. My question is: If I take on the dash cluster rebuild is there a possibility that it would correct the boost gauge? If so, I would be much more excited about taking this on! (I will also ask this question in a separate thread as I am afraid some very knowledgeable folks will not revisit this thread and miss this one. Thanks again, guys!
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The boost being related is a possiblility.
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a light tap on the dash above my display brings it back much of the time
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a light tap on the dash above my display brings it back much of the time
For the record, in the category of Fixing Problems by Thumping on Them, I could get my DIC display to come back most of the time (until I finally did a proper dash cluster rebuild) by thumping on the dash just above the left-side driver'* air vent. Yes, all the way over on the left side, next to the door. Must have been something to do with making the gauge cluster assembly flex slightly where it mounts in the dash. Whatever... YMMV, of course.
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Whatever... YMMV, of course.

Huh??

"Yo Mama'* Main Vehicle"?? Is that close?
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