Last post on Feb 20, 2012 at 8:11 PM
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Plymouth Voyager, Chrysler Voyager, Plymouth Grand Voyager, Electrical, Lighting, Van
#4 of 6 Re: 1998 Plymouth Voyager Cluster/Lights Issue - Flashing on and off cluster... [jhah17]
Feb 11, 2012 (3:21 pm)
Anybody have any thoughts on this? Still hoping for some sort of idea of what's going on.
#5 of 6 Re: 1998 Plymouth Voyager Cluster/Lights Issue - Flashing on and off cluster... [jhah17]
Feb 12, 2012 (10:27 am)
I'm pretty sure your problem is the all to well documented instrument cluster gremlin. Very common problem, and easy to fix. Sounds like your gauges are behaving erratically, off and on without predictability. Has banging on the top of the dash ever brought them back to life? If so, then it's almost certain it is the instrument cluster problem. Here's a link that describes the solution:
Essentially you just remove the instrument cluster and remove the circuit board from the back. Locate the 13 pins that are soldered in place where the main wiring harness connects. It is likely the bottom right ground pin that has a cracked solder connection....by re-melting the solder on this pin, your problems are solved. With a magnifying glass, you'll probably see a small crack around the solder on this pin. I re-melted all pins just to be sure. Google "98 voyager instrument cluster solder" and you'll find lots of posts describing the problem and this solution - some with pics. It's real easy to do.
#6 of 6 Re: 1998 Plymouth Voyager Cluster/Lights Issue - Flashing on and off cluster... [2voyagers]
Feb 20, 2012 (8:11 pm)
Right on the money, there! I had an intermittent problem where the whole cluster (all of the guages) just stopped working. It became more frequent and then stopped working altogether. This morning I took it out, pulled the circuit board off and examined the solder joints on the main connector with a magnifying glass as you suggested. Voila! Several of them had hairline cracks in the solder. I re-soldered them all and stuck it back in and it works like a charm! It took all of about 30 minutes start to finish... simple job, really.