The dash gauges keep blowing fuses

Tiny
12167LORI
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  • 2003 CHEVROLET SILVERADO
  • 125,000 MILES
A little over a week ago, a fuse to dashboard gauges blew upon starting the truck. I replaced it with an obviously old but working fuse. This fuse blew a few days later, was replaced with a new fuse. In the meantime, the truck was not starting as smoothly as it had in the past. This morning, after having driven the truck 7 miles, then turning it off.I tried starting it about 30 min. Later. The dash lights came on as usually, followed by a "click, click" and then no power at all. I turned off the ignition a d attempted again and still had no power to anything. The check engine lights was on, (until fuse was replaced), but it was on for something in the emissions that sits on top of the gas tank. The only other unusual thing was the gas gauge. It would register low fuel no matter how much gas was in it and as I drove, the gauge would eventually read correctly.


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Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 AT 8:58 PM

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Tiny
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First, you need to check for an electrical draw that may have caused the battery to go dead. Next, I have to tell you that there seems to be a common problem with the inst clusters in these vehicles. They go crazy and then stop working. Thus, you may find that is where the problem is coming from. The fuel gauge could be the cluster going bad or the sending unit in the tank. That too would need checked.
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Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 AT 9:05 PM
Tiny
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Have the battery and charging system checked and then dheck it for a draw. You have a short to the dashlights. Is the digitail dash out or the illumation light?
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Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 AT 9:27 PM

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