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Old 10-18-2006, 07:11 AM
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Default Altima 2000 instrument cluster blanking out! HELP please

I have a 2000 Nissan Altima. My Speedometer, odometer and RPM gauges are blanking out every so often.
They work fine on start up but reset to zero after about 5 miles of driving. Any help please?
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Old 10-19-2006, 10:23 PM
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Unfortunately there is not an easy solution for your problem. Is possible that you have a loose connector, a broken wire or a loose fuse. I recommend to start by checking all the fuses. Make sure the fuses are fit tight and not loose. If the fuses are OK then you should remove the instrument cluster and make sure all the connector are secure.
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Old 10-20-2006, 06:33 AM
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Thanks for the help!
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Old 10-20-2006, 11:41 AM
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Hello again and thanks but when you mean check the fuses do you mean the fuses inside the car? Sorry to bother again..
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Hello again and thanks but when you mean check the fuses do you mean the fuses inside the car? Sorry to bother again..
Yes all the fuses inside the car.
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Old 10-20-2006, 01:24 PM
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lol.. yeah start with fuses. the most common thing with symptoms you describe is a bad/loose ground wire somewhere.. check and clean your battery connections while you're at it.
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Old 10-20-2006, 02:50 PM
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Thanks all for the help.
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Old 10-20-2006, 02:53 PM
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Slso i notice that it usually blanks out after hitting a pot hole and after about 30 minutes its back on again. I would think that changing the speed sensor would not help much.. if you have any ideas let me know and thanks alot
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That's another indication that one of the connectors, fuse or wire is loose.
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Old 10-21-2006, 06:50 AM
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I was looking for a loose connection under the hood but did not see anything irregular. Is there a certain area that i should look around? Sorry guys and thanks for the help
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i have seen the printed circuit on the back of the instrument cluster crack and cause problems before.
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Old 10-22-2006, 12:42 PM
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it could be the cluster plug in, could be just the main ground of the car, check and clean your battery posts.

do these have voltage regulators for the dash? if they do then that could be an issue too. i'm betting it's something loose though.
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I agree with dre351. Probably a printed circuit problem. On that model you should be able to buy the entire gauge cluster as an assembly.
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Old 10-23-2006, 09:55 PM
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Before ordering a circuit board, check the flexible ribbon harness connector at the back of the cluster to see if it's possibly loose. You might want to carefully release the connector and readjust the ribbon harness and make sure it's tight. Drive your vehicle a few days and see if it re-occurs before ordering the board.
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Old 10-26-2006, 03:21 PM
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Default Instrment cluster removal..

Thanks for the replies everyone. I will try to check the connections on the instrument cluster but is there an easy way to remove it or do i have to remove the entire dashboard?? Please just a little more help..
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