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Old 09 Aug 2016, 07:10 pm
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Default Instrument Panel Cuts Out Randomly

I have a 2006 PT Cruiser (160k) miles (non-turbo) that has been acting funny lately.

It will:
1. Loser power in the instrument panel...rpm, mph, etc. will drop to nothing, but the car functions perfectly fine.

2. All of the start up icons (gas, seatbelt, whatever else) will flash as if I just turned on the car.

3. This will happen for 10 seconds or something and then everything will go back to where is is supposed to be. Two minutes later it will do it again...or 5 minutes later...randomly really.

4. The backlight will NOT turn off though. It is basically just the actual cluster panel that will not function correctly. Car runs perfectly fine when this is happening.

Ideas? Where to start?
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Old 09 Aug 2016, 07:14 pm
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Talking Re: Instrument Panel Cuts Out Randomly

That same thing was common on the Neons. Some of the solder joints on the back of the cluster circuit board need to be re-soldered.

My 2006 Dodge Ram does the same thing a couple of times a week. Been going on for a few years. I am in no hurry to tear into it.
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Old 09 Aug 2016, 10:19 pm
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Default Re: Instrument Panel Cuts Out Randomly

I would suggest you do a battery load test first. The 2nd generation PT Cruisers don't like a drop in voltage under a load and some of the modules don't like it.

If the battery load test checks out good check the ground for the instrument cluster.
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