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Old 13 Dec 2004, 02:15 pm
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Hello everybody,

I was wondering if any of you heard something about what I'm about to say.

Last night I noticed that the dashboard wasn't working at all (lights, gages etc). Also, I notice that the beeping sound when you open the door and the interior light was not working as well. The radio and the headlights are working perfectly.

I decided to look at the user's manual and look at the interior fuses. I noticed that number #13 was the fuse that is related with the interior lightning. I decided to take it out and check if is blown. After taking it out, the fuse seems to be OK. Then I put it back on and the interior light was working. I started the car and the gages are working as well. I'm a little bit confused.

Something else that I want to add is that where I live can get quite cold. I have a 2002 Base Model PT Cruiser.

Have any of you heard about something like this?

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Luis E.

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Old 13 Dec 2004, 03:17 pm
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Just to clarify, it was working poorly, then after R&I of fuse, it was okay? That's a poor connection that was fixed by the movement. I'd say it's time to 'wiggle' all the fuses and maybe even retighten all grounds. The lights and bell are controlled by the instrument cluster. It is a control module, not just a simple gauge cluster. If you continue to have problems, and they are not connector-related (it usually is), it's going to be the cluster.
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Old 13 Dec 2004, 06:55 pm
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Today, I was running some errands and I was keeping an eye on the gauges. Looks like by removing the fuse and putting it back solved the problem. I'll still keep an eye on it.

Purple04, thank you for your input.

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Old 13 Dec 2004, 07:23 pm
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Would seem the fuse wasn't seated right, but I haven't heard of that one before. Let us know if it returns.
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Wow, sorry for the HUGE delay in responding to this post. It's seems to be that by removing the fuse and putting it back again solved the problem. I haven't had any problems ever since December, when I got that problem.

Thanks for your help.

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Glad you are fine. This isn't something I've heard of on PTs, but anyone who has worked on 15-20 year-old vehicles has dealt with poor connections. When I buy a new old car, one of the first things I do after a detail is to check the connections on the battery cables, all connectors, bulbs and fuses. The hyper ground discussed elsewhere has been proven a few times, and older Toyotas are known to be picky about engine grounds.
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