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Old 02 Dec 2013, 03:03 pm
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Question Cluster Issues??

Hello everyone,
I have had my 2006 Pt Cruiser for about 3 years. For the last 2 months my instrument lights do not come on and at night my rear lights do not come one either. My brake lights, headlights, turn signals and such work no problem.

Took my Cruiser to my mechanic and he says its the cluster and the cost to install and re code will be $1150. Does this sound right? This is my first Cruiser and I want to have it for as long as I can but the price to fix is crazy. The Cruiser has 66,456 miles and runs well.

I am not even sure what kind of cluster since there are many of them when I search online.

Thank you for any advice!
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Old 02 Dec 2013, 08:59 pm
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Hello everyone,
I have had my 2006 Pt Cruiser for about 3 years. For the last 2 months my instrument lights do not come on and at night my rear lights do not come one either. My brake lights, headlights, turn signals and such work no problem.

Took my Cruiser to my mechanic and he says its the cluster and the cost to install and re code will be $1150. Does this sound right? This is my first Cruiser and I want to have it for as long as I can but the price to fix is crazy. The Cruiser has 66,456 miles and runs well.

I am not even sure what kind of cluster since there are many of them when I search online.

Thank you for any advice!
More than likely not the cluster but I can't remember the box that controls the interior components.
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Old 02 Dec 2013, 10:21 pm
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Default Re: Cluster Issues??

Can you be more specific about which rear lights do not work? I ask because the tail lights are driven from the TIPM. The cluster lights are driven by the cluster itself.

Possible causes for the cluster lighting issue:
- fuse
- dimmer switch
- TIPM input circuit to cluster
- cluster circuit to drive lamps

Have you checked the first two in the list?
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Old 03 Dec 2013, 02:31 am
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07; the stalk on the left multi function switch has a ring [band] that you turn to dim/brighten the dash lights. It can also turn off all the interior lights. There is a plethora [wow!] of information in the owners manual. It's like a dictionary, you have to go back to it every now and then to remember stuff.
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Old 03 Dec 2013, 08:03 am
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I think the ''reostat" portion of the MFS,has been know to go bad;I thinking re-build,or replace the MFS,and it should solve the issue......The reostat is responsible for controlling all interior lighting,front & rear(including gauge cluster).
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If it's just interior lights that are having issues I'd have to go with a bad fuse, multifunction switch, or possibly a ground connection somewhere has come loose/corroded. If inside and outside lights are having issues I would most likely
check fuese, and connections. Do you have a wiring diagram handy? I wonder because on other cars I've owned I've had lights quit working and it be a fuse that I never thought to check or a ground wire for something I never even though was remotely connected to the light group that was having issues. For example I had weird light issues on my old car and it wound up being the grounding wire for the electronic overdrive was causing all the dead/flickering lights. I also would double check all fuese because I've had fuses go bad that
didn't look bad but when they were replaced the issues went away.
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