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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-12-2011 Thread Starter
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help dash show ------- check engine light bleeds thru with no key in ignition pics

hey guy iam very frustrated with this car. i bought it not too long ago and one day i go to start it and i notice the check engine light is barly on along with some of my gauges having power still when they normally would be off. my dash shows ------- which tells me i have power going into the cluster along with my battery gauge stays on. were would i find a wiring schematic for this car. i have seen other people post the exact same problem but never responded on what they fixed or got fixed. i know its not the computer because the car still starts and runs fine. it when i turn it off and take my key out of the ignition switch is when i have an issue. i have pulled the fuse that holds the memory to the cluster and it all goes away. can someone help me out

cant see in pic but check engine light does bleed through some

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-14-2011
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Post does not say what model year we are dealing with.

Regardless, your problem has to be in the ignition switch. There are multiple gangs and one is still making connection even though the switch is off.

I have read other posts about similar problems. Some ppl report it's in the switch. Others report it is in the linkage inside the column. In this case, the recommendation was to get a new column from the salvage yard.


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Find a buddy that has the same car as you and swap clusters it aint that hard to do, then you might be able to tell if its going bad.
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Originally Posted by Mustang915 View Post
Find a buddy that has the same car as you and swap clusters it aint that hard to do, then you might be able to tell if its going bad.
That would be a bad idea. the pat system is in the cluster and would cause the car to lock up because it doesnt match the key n computer. i would avoid this step. just my 2 cents tho.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-22-2011
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What year is the car and how many miles are on it? DO NOT SWAP CLUSTER !!! How loose is the key in the lock cyl. and how far can you turn the lock cyl. with key out of the cyl.?

Also,have you done any wiring on the car lately or have any of the ground wires off for any reason?
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