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Why does the instrument cluster on a 1993 Chrysler Intrepid shut off after working for 5 minutes?


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2011-09-14 00:09:27
2011-09-14 00:09:27

The instrument cluster gets its power/signal from the Body Control Module. I believe it is located behind the carpet somewhere by the passenger foot area. Not saying this is bad, but it's definitely something to check into.


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