I have an 2002 Limited and the instrument cluster lights sometimes goes out when driving and then come back on by themselves. When I turn on the lights all the others work, just the analog gauges do not, sometimes, ie. RPM, Speed, Gas, Temp.
Is this thread talking about the same issue? If so then this is the cause and fix?
You need to get yours to the dealer and have them check it against a TSB that came out for the 2001 and 2002 year models for the multi-function control stalk switch. Mine started acting up back in 2003 and they replaced it free of charge (under warranty). It had almost the exact issues you are describing...intermittent dash lights and gauges...then the headlights started going out intermittently...this was a real nasty thing to have happen at night.
The following is a copy of the text from that TSB:
Trip Computer/Radio Display/IP/Dome Lights - Flickering
DATE: Dec. 14, 2001
Trip Computer And/Or Radio Display And/Or Instrument Panel And/Or
Overhead/Dome Lights Flicker
This bulletin involves diagnosing the root cause of the flickering trip computer or radio display and/or instrument panel illumination and/or overhead/dome lights and replacing the multifunction switch.
2001 - 2002 (JR) Sebring/Sebring Convertible/Stratus
2002 (KJ) Liberty
Some subject vehicles may exhibit a flickering trip computer and/or radio display, instrument panel illumination, and/or overhead/dome lights. This condition occurs intermittently but is usually noticed while the driver operates the turn signals or beam change on the left stalk switch. This condition will not adversely affect vehicle operation and can be temporarily corrected by adjusting the instrument panel illumination dimmer setting. DO NOT change the position of the dimmer switch on the multifunction switch prior to Diagnosis.
1. Physically check to ensure the instrument panel cross car beam ground is good. The left kick panel must be removed to see if the ground is loose.
2. Next check the dimmer switch output voltage with a DRBIII(R). This function is located in: Body, Body Computer, Sensor Display, Dimming Level. DO NOT change the position of the dimmer switch before monitoring the voltage across the switch.
3. While monitoring the voltage, activate the turn signal and beam change and look for output voltage fluctuations on the DRBIII(R) and instrument panel lamps or trip computer display flicker. If the voltage varies more than 0.2 volts perform the Repair Procedure.
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NOTE: DO NOT REPLACE THE TRIP COMPUTER, INSTRUMENT CLUSTER, RADIO, OR BODY CONTROL MODULE (BCM) FOR A TRIP COMPUTER AND/OR RADIO DISPLAY, INSTRUMENT PANEL ILLUMINATION OR OVERHEAD/DOME LIGHT FLICKER CONDITION UNLESS PROPERLY DIAGNOSED AS BEING THE CAUSE OF THE CONDITION.
1. Use the procedures outlined in the appropriate service manual to replace the multifunction switch.
Reimbursable within the provisions of the warranty.
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