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I have an 06' 300c with 221,000mi.....still rides great! Lately I've noticed the instrument gauges going out while I'll drive. In fact, the entire cluster (all gauges and lights) start doing the irish jig, jumping around for about 20 seconds before the entire cluster goes out.....not a peep.
This started a year ago and maybe happened twice within 6-8 monthes. Now, the last couple of weeks, it almost happens every time I start up and drive. After I stop, pull key, open the door to reset the main power MCR, everything will work when I put the key in and start up...usually it starts to flake out after a minute into the drive......
I did the actuation test on the cluster and everytime it works perfect. So I don't suspect the gauge consol is going out but some other sinister short or something else causing it.
Everything runs great...engine/lights/music/no error codes/....everything seems in order except for the instrument cluster. Maybe I'm reading to much into it and it's just the cluster that is the issue....
Thanks for any advice or suggestions in advance!
1. Check for diagnostic trouble codes in the EVIC and report back.
Then, based on the reported intermittent nature of the cluster outages:
2. Check fuses 5, 14, 29, 38 and 41 for proper installation/clean/tight fit into clips.
3. Check the following ground connections (may be easier said than done!):
G100 Left Front of Engine Compartment
G101 Right Front of Engine Compartment
G200 Left Instrument Panel Near T/O for Ignition Switch
G202 Left Instrument Panel Near T/O for Cluster C3
G300 Below Left B-Pillar
G301 Below Right B-Pillar
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