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dead guage cluster

All of the guages on my 85.5 quit working. The guage lights come on when I turn the lights on, but none of the guages work. Any thoughts on this one. I really need to fix this, don't need a ticket.

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First off, check the fuse. If that doesn't work, well...I had the exact problem last month. Do you notice any other dashboard functions not working? In my case, my fuse box had a short and one by one, all of the electrical functions were being knocked out. I replaced the fuse panel and now everything is working fine. BTW, don't even bother getting a new panel if this is the case ($$$$). Try looking for a good used one, I got mine from partsheaven for 50 bucks plus shipping (as opposed to ~$500 new).
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When this happened to me, it turned out to be a ground problem. The ones that made the most difference (I had to track down all of them) were the two brown grounds underneath the fuse/relay pod. On my '87, you find them inside the car but directly underneath the fuses/relays on the drivers side. Its a real pain in the neck (literally) to see them----best to locate with a mirror---just loosen, clean, dielectric grease, reattach and see if you get the desired result. Worked for me.
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Everything else works fine as before. My fuse for the head unit on the air keeps blowing. It has done this ever since we got the car a year ago. I'm assuming that is the resistor located on the passanger side. The guages stopped working last month. It did it once in August, but started working just as quick as it stopped.

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