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    Gauges acting funny on startup

    When I start my car especially after sitting for a week or two all of the gauges go far right then far left and then to the run position. When this happens it resets the trip meter. At one point I thought I fixed it when I found the ground cable nut loose on the inner fender well. Now ever thing is tight and it still does it. Not ever time butmore then once.
    Got any ideas??
    Thanks, Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbob2 View Post
    When I start my car especially after sitting for a week or two all of the gauges go far right then far left and then to the run position. When this happens it resets the trip meter. At one point I thought I fixed it when I found the ground cable nut loose on the inner fender well. Now ever thing is tight and it still does it. Not ever time butmore then once.
    Got any ideas??
    Thanks, Bob

    Its the battery, the same thing happend to mine.
    it just needs to be charged.
    i just stuck it on a trickle charger for about 2 days and it worked great after that, had no more problems
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    +1 on the battery. Also check for corrosion on the battery terminals

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    A TSB exists for this issue, and this happens more often when it is colder. But your cluster in essence needs to be replaced.

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    Bummer

    I was afraid someone was going to tell me the cluster is gone. That is mucho $$$ I have heard. I guess it is not a big thing. If I drive the car a lot it seems to go away. I drive it ever couple of weeks right now and it seems to be there ever time I start it. What is a TSB? And where do I find them?
    Thanks, Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samrod View Post
    A TSB exists for this issue, and this happens more often when it is colder. But your cluster in essence needs to be replaced.
    I have not posted here in a very long time (I'm just cruising through looking for plug wire advice ) but I have found this not to be true.

    I remember when this was a brand new issue and the tsb came out. I said screw it. I can live with it. After putting up with it for 6 years on my '99 WS6 I replaced the battery and it has not happened since.

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    TSB is a Technical Service Bulletin - here's the one for the '99 Trip Reset, doesn't mention the gauge sweep but usually happens at the same time. A good fully charged battery/connections will make it go away. http://home.earthlink.net/~cetera/pics/aug99tsb.jpg

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