A likely cause is a failing instrument cluster.
Purchase or borrow the Mercedes cluster removal keys 9 bucks on eBay, and place them in the slots on the side of the cluster and pull the cluster straight out. Takes 2 minutes Get the cluster repaired in the USA for around $250
1. disconnect negative battery cable and wait 2 minutes (this disarms the airbag circuit while you work in that area). Remove the left end cover by pulling outward. Tilt steering column down to lowest position. remove instrument cluster center bezel (around radio and environmental controls) by disengaging 4 clips (2 on top and one on each side). 2. Remove 4 instrument cluster hood mounting screws. Three screws are located behind the center bezel and one screw is located at the left end of the hood. Pull on hood to disengage hood and remove instrument cluster hood. Pull instrument cluster rearward to disengage 8 clips and disconnect wiring connectors from panel. Remove instrument cluster.
I had read that what you have to do is after you replace the cluster try to start it once. Leave the key in the on position for at least 10 minutes and that is supposed to reset the anti-theft system and it should start and run fine.
I had the same problem with my 1998 Dodge Ram 1500. I reseated the instrument cluster and it started working. The whole thing took me 15 minutes and I am not a mechanic. I believe that I removed three screws to enable me to remove the plastic which covers the instrument cluster. I can't remember how many screws hold the cluster down but once you remove them pull the cluster out. It is simply plugged in, and those connections are your problem.
the problem is the guage cluster itself and should be replaced with new one from a Chrysler dealer *Thanks Dan, but instead I unhooked the battersy for 5 minutes to reset the computer and now it all works perfect.
Disconect the battery for a few minutes!
Unhook battery for 5 minutes.
I have an 05 impala and had problems with the speedometer and fuel gauge. The only way to fix it was to replace the whole instrument cluster. Pretty easy to do, only took about 45 minutes.
pull on the little knob on the instrument cluster until the clock flashes. adjust (left and right turns) with the knob. keep pulling it to change the hours, minutes, and eventually the calendar.
You reset a computer on a Chrysler 300 with a scan tool or by unhooking the battery for a few minutes.
more than likeley this is not a instrument cluster problem, it is probably a cold solder in the engine control module. this is a common thing in this year car(i have a 97 sebring convertible myself). the instrument cluster removal is as follows.... remove the radio trim bezel. remove all screws that attach the dash bezel pull off your cabin fusebox cover. unscrew the screw holding the dash cluster on. lift from the bottom and turn it upwards. there are four clips that hold down the backside but they should just pull out. your dash cluster should be fully exposed. unscrew the mounting screws and turn the back upward. unhook the connectors by pushing the tabs and then pulling outwards. installation.. as always is reverse of removal. when you put the dash back on you have to set it on the wheel and turn the front upwards to clear the steering wheel.
Unhook the battery for a few minutes.Unhook the battery for a few minutes.
Ive had a 97 Dodge Intrepid and my wife had a 99 Caravan both had this problem its a bad solder joint on the back of he gauge cluster my mechanic said hes seen it more times than he could count.
With the ignition switch ON or ACC, use a ballpoint pen or similar instrument and press the H (hour) or M (minutes) button. Each press will advance the Hour or Minute one increment.
If you have a 4-cylinder, about 20 minutes. 90 minutes if you have the V6.
Did you check for a leak?
Disconnect the negative battery cable for 10 minutes then re hook.
my car 1997 dodge intrepid runs good for a couple of hours shuts down for 20 minutes backfires and runs again like nothing happen
Unhook the battery for ten minutes.
Do parking/tailights work? Check fuseDimmer rheostat has an open circuit?Bulbs burned out?in your fuse box (IMP) beside battery there is a row of 6 green box fuses with clear lids. Check the 6th one in the row, good chance this one is badIf the above do not fix the problem, remove the battery cables then touch them together, wait for two minutes then re-connect the cables. This will re-boot the Body Controll Module and will take care of the problem.More Information:Hey I just wanted to add, that I disconnected my battery cables on my 2002 Chrysler Voyage LX because I had no instrument lighting and the fuses were good and the resetting of the cables fixed my problem. Touching the cables together and waiting a full two minutes worked great. Wow!I can't thank you enough. Kudos to you Ken!!In November of 2009 my instrument cluster backlights went out in my 2003 Dodge Caravan and I couldn't see anything in the dash cluster at night. I took it to a Chrysler dealer and he found:Found code in front panel control module for loss of communications. Cleared code and cleaned out connector. Working as designed now.The mechanic took out the dash/instrument cluster, and disconnected the connector, reset the code and plugged it back in. This cost me $79.95. Now almost a year later the backlights went out again. I read the disconnect the battery note and tried it. My backlights in the dash are now working again and I didn't have to pay the dealer $89.00 again. By the way a new instrument cluster would cost around $500.00.KENT,I want to thank you for the advice you provided regarding how to reset the code in order to fix the instrument cluster backlights. I tried it and sure enough everything is back on line. I am sure your instructions save people time, money and most of all frustration from dealing with dealers whose only ambition is to get into your wallet and charge you as much as they can. On behalf of all of us, a big thanks for the repair instructions.
If you are talking about the auto-lock at 15mph, then that must be activated at your Dodge dealer. Some will do it for free, it only takes a few minutes to do, they have to hook up their Chrysler DRB Scan tool. If you are talking about the power locks not operating at all, then I would start with checking fuses.
The computer on a 2000 Chrysler Sebring is reset by disconnecting the battery for 10 minutes. This forces it to power off and restart.
Boil it in water for 15 minutes.