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1995 850 Instrument Panel Inoperative

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1992 - 1997 850, 850 R, 850 T5-R, 850 T5, 850 GLT
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DwainM11
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1995 850 Instrument Panel Inoperative

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Hi,

My speedometer, tachometer and gauges stopped working. Warning lights are OK. I have the VDO instrument cluster.

I tried to do the on board diagnostic test with the jumper in port #7 with the ignition key in the II position but I get no response from the test. I can't even get a 1-1-1 code. I do get the red LED to light up when I push the button and I was able to perform other tests with the jumper in port #1.

I removed the instrument cluster and made a visual inspection, all appears to be well. Solder joints look ok. There are a few that are suspect but nothing obvious.

I read that the ignition switch could be the culprit. Has anyone seen this situation with a bad ignition switch?

What's next? What else do I need to check?

Thanks!
Dwain
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Re: 1995 850 Instrument Panel Inoperative

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Yes it can give you lots of weird warning lights and lack of activity, even make the engine run badly. Not particularly hard to replace and suggest trying a junkyard part. Even if it is also poorly, it might correct some of the issues to help identify if you are looking in the right area.

Neil.
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OK, thanks. It is the easiest thing to do at this point. I will report back after I have changed it.
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Well,
That didn't work. Changed the ignition switch with a brand new one. Nothing changed.
The gauges still don't move. No tach, no fuel, no temperature.
I can not get a response from the On Board Diagnostic test with the test lead plugged into port 7.

What's left? Are there any other tests to perform?

Where can I get another instrument cluster?
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Again, a junkyard for the cluster. There are 2 versions (not sure for 95). One has the computer /LCD at the bottom and the other does not. If you replace like with like they are interchangeable. Not a hard job and it will be on here as a speedo cluster bulb change repair.

Neil.
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Thanks Neil,
Not much to choose from around here. I see a nice one on Ebay.
I'll report back when I have more info.

BR
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Re: 1995 850 Instrument Panel Inoperative

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Have you checked your fuses?
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Re: 1995 850 Instrument Panel Inoperative

Post by erikv11 »

Agreed with BEJ, check fuses too.

If it comes to it, PM me an offer if you want to pay less for the cluster, I have a couple VDO ones. :)
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Re: 1995 850 Instrument Panel Inoperative

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I'm back in action.
Replaced the instrument panel and everything started working. Gauges, odometers. I'm good.
Transferred my odometer to the replacement panel and changed all the bulbs too.

I have to put the dashboard cover back on after I glue the airbag cover back together.
It's time for a new project I guess. It would be nice if the remote entry worked....
There's also the shift lock not working...
Seat covers...
Sound system...

Hmmm... where's Santa?
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