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I am driving a newly inherited 1986 Chrylser New Yorker with 40k miles on it. Just recently the digital dash stopped illuminating. The trip odometer on the left side of the instrument cluster continues to work as does the stereo, the voice alert system, and all of the interior lgihts. But as it is, I am driving blind without a speedometer, odometer, gas guage, and engine guages. I checked the fuses and they are all fine. What else is could I possibly look at before taking it to Chrsylser and dropping a few hundred bucks to get it working again? Any suggestions?

posted by  warthoglvr

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Doing a google search...apparently is a common problem with the solution being replacement.

Does it turn on at all...like when you turn the ignition key?
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posted by  BavarianWheels

Nothing in the center instrument panel (speedometer, odometer, guages) illuminate, even at startup. Warning lights and trip odeomter on eaither side function normally.

BTW what google search did you do?

posted by  warthoglvr

Google Groups (http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=chrysler+new +yorker+digital+dash)

When searching for help on a subject, I usually look within Google Groups first.
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posted by  BavarianWheels

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There's also a TSB:

TSB# 081586...DEC 86...Instrument Cluster - Reliability Upgrade you could ask the dealer about...

Click TSB for 1986 Chrysler New Yorker (http://www.alldata.com/TSB/861227_en.html) for the listing of repair and recalls.

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posted by  BavarianWheels

I'm unfamialiar with TSB. Is that the same as a recall? If not, what would a local dealership's repsonse likely be if I asked them about the reliabilty upgrade?

posted by  warthoglvr

I'll refer you to ChrisV's post (http://www.car-forums.com/talk/showpost.php?p=23376&postcount=11) in another thread that answers this same question.
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posted by  BavarianWheels

Thanks for the helpful links and answers to my newbie questions "BW". I found a couple of good resoruces from your links that I was previolsy unaware of.

I guess I was really looking for something that I might be able to do to try to pinpoint the problem wthout having to take it to the dealership (read: have to pay $$$$) :wink2:

Any help along those lines would be nice. Otherwise I may just have to resign myself to letting Chrysler do the diagnosing for me and make my wallet a lot lighter than I would like.

posted by  warthoglvr

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Unfortunately I couldn't find a fix either...:(
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posted by  BavarianWheels

BTW, what phto suite did you use on your BMW photo to keep the color in your car, but fade the background to B/W? Nice effect! :thumbs:

posted by  warthoglvr

Just regular 'ole Photoshop. Thx. :)
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posted by  BavarianWheels

Been a few years

Back in 86 i was working at a chrysler dealership....its a living.

Here's a link to the recall for the dashboard..I believe the tsb did in fact turn into a recall.

http://www.recalldata.org/1986/2094.shtml


The cluster was removed from the vehicle and repaired at an instument cluster shop. This may be what you have to do..

Found another link ... follow the instuctions and it will show the exact recall and see if it applys to your car.

http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/recallsearch.cfm

posted by  hitchhiker

Whoa! You guys are good! I'm glad I found this forum. Yuu all really know your stuff! :clap:

Question: Is my local dealer obligated to to repair/replace the items in question noted in the recalls for my particualr model, or is ther some kind of statute of limitations on having your vehicle updated?

posted by  warthoglvr

Recalls involving tires are specifically limited in the Safety Act such that the owner has only three months from the date of notification to have the recall work accomplished. All other safety recalls are in effect for the life of the product. As yours is a safety recall , you can get your vin to the dealership to see if your car needs to be done.

The recall has nothing to do with the cluster being good or bad. It just was a fix so if the cluster goes bad you don't get a fire by adding a fuse in the power lead. So the recall won't fix a cluster thats broken.

You can try that route and see what happens and go from there. I would probably recommend that you see someone capibile of making sure the cluster was bad. It may cost a little bit more, but save you in the end. Installing a new one without having the wiring checked might fry that one as well.

posted by  hitchhiker

Can repair these and many other instrument clusters. Visit Mr. Whizard Technical Services (http://www.mrwhizard.com) for more info.

posted by  mrwhizard

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