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Old 02-12-2013, 12:57 AM   #1
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04 instrument cluster flashes then goes out.

I have had this issue since I have had the car. My instrument cluster will flash in and out then eventually go out for a long time. Eventually it will com back on but goes right back out. The needles still have a glow but its the green glow that goes out. This also happens in sync with my oil press and oil temp gauge doing the same. Any idea's?????


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Moved to "General Technical Chat".
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Old 06-27-2013, 12:14 AM   #3
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Still looking for a solution.
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Old 03-24-2014, 02:09 AM   #4
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I'm having the same problem with mine, and I believe it's only the SVT's that have the electroluminescent lighting. If you search the Forums for the EL/electroluminescent lighting you should find reference to an inverter that lives in the small SVT oil temp/oil pressure cluster. That's what's slowly dying. One person did have a workaround with a replacement inverter from a home entertainment system I think. Did you ever find a solution?
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Old 03-24-2014, 02:15 AM   #5
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Moved this to the SVT section, 'cause you can find more info. here on fixing it.

You could look in the MkI section as well, for info. on installing the SVT cluster in other cars. Those threads sometimes list the inverters that can be used to power the lights.

Last post had it right on the power coming from the gauge cluster from the info. I've found here before.

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Old 03-24-2014, 02:53 PM   #6
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You can use any universal inverter like this.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/UNIVERSAL-EL...fe16e9&vxp=mtr
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Old 03-24-2014, 02:56 PM   #7
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I tried replacing my headlight switch which was the common answer I found all over and it worked for awhile but started acting up again. From what I have read there is an inverter or some such in the cluster up by the 2 auxiliary gauges that can be replaced as well though I haven't tried that yet. My car also has a tachometer that intermittently pegs up and down and jumps around. Both problems only occur when the car has been running for awhile (~30 minutes or more) so I am fairly certain the issues are caused by some unknown as of yet electrical component that glitches after it gets hot.
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Its your aux gauge either needs replaced or universal inverter. Mine hsd same issue and this site told me it was that and when I replaced aux gauge problem solved
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When you say Aux gauge are you talking about the oil temp and pressure gauges in the corner of the cluster or?
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Yea. The inverter is in the small gauge cluster. Thats what goes bad in it and without it no indiglow gauges
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