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Old 11-28-2009, 01:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Instrument cluster stopped working - PLEASE Help

I am in desperate need of some help - I have searched high and low and cannot see a solution on the forum. If this has been discussed before I apologize as I tried to find it...

I was recently stranded on the side of the road due to a bad battery. I understand that weird things can happen when batteries get low or if there's an issue with the charging system. Prior to my truck dieing, the gauge cluster went completely out - no gauges, no lights.

When it died, I assumed it was due to the bad batteries. I have replaced both batteries and have checked all of the fuses under the dash, as well as, the couple under the hood on the drivers side - they are all good, but the instrument cluster still does not work.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to the problem? I am concerned because it is very coincidental that the cluster went out about the same time that I was stranded. I want to make sure that I fix the root cause.

Any help will be greatly appreciated. BTW, I have ~180k miles on my 6.0...
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Just curious, you didn't state wether the truck was running now?
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Yes, I can get it started now with the new batteries, but I am hesitant to go very far as I don't want to get stranded again.

As a side note, how do you check the alternator without taking it out and load testing it?
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As a side note, how do you check the alternator without taking it out and load testing it?
We have a Charging System tester at my work that you load test the alternator w/o removing it, you can also do a starting sytem test.What I'm getting at is someone around you(a shop or friend) might have something similar.Good Luck.
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Thumbs up no dash panel lights or gauges...

hi Kependlet...had the same issue with mine about 4 months ago...seems that the shifer column has a chafing point that wears through the tow haul wire on the shifter...this also shorted a relay that is in a box under the hood...new shifter and relay and diagnostics was I think around $360.00...hope this helps!...B
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Mine did that and I found that the forks on the fuses were too loose in the fuse box. Even tho the fuses arent blown, they might not be making good contact with their sockets. I just twisted the forks on the fuses a little so that they had good contact.
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kpendlet,

I am having the same issue. . .Did any of these solutions work for you? If not, what finnally did?

PS. . I have a 71 Bronco for a crawler. . .Have had it for 22 years now.
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no lights and guages on intrument cluster/ no function

Kpendlet and blueford:
sorry to hear of your situation...as i posted a while back,my cluster worked fine after the shifter wire chafing issue and relay was resolved...i also had to have new batts and an alternator...i can't remember the person who posted here the importance of load testing the batts 3 times a year and to use a maintainer to keep them topped off!!!my issue was my fault because i neglected to use due diligence in that area...also check the alternator as it may not be charging the system as mine was not!!!i pulled mine and had it checked,it showed good but was bad all along...by the way, thanks to all the guys on this site that go out of their way to help the likes of me!!!many times i have been helped here an no one ever knew!!!you are all fine guys and wish you the best...ps:i'll dig up my repair order for the number of the relay,maybe 69cj or bismic can chime in with it's location under the hood.i also would not run the truck until your charging system is put right.don't want to take out that ficm!!!regards to all...b
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