Hi, i have a 2004 dodge ram. It has a battery draining problem. if fuse 51 is not unplugged overnight, i risk the chance of my battery being drained in the morning.
Next, had it to dodge dealership, after technician going through it, determined that the instrument cluster is bad and needs replaced. an expensive $950 retail.
I opted out for a used one for $200. However, I've changed it over to this one and still have the battery drain problem of 1.0 amp on fuse 51 when i check. its at a proper range of 0.11 amps when fuse 51 unfused.
Whats the likelyhood of having 2 failed clusters now in row?
so to take step farther.... on back of instrument panel when changing ... it had 3 connections on back for cluster 1 (white 26way), cluster 2 (grey 16way)& cluster 3 (grey 26way).
after testing both clusters (original & used one), plugging in just various connections.... I've determined when I keep cluster 3 (grey 26 way) unplugged from back of instrument panel, on both of the clusters .... the draw on fuse 51 is proper (NOT the 1 amp draw)...
Does this mean for sure that both instrument panel clusters are bad altogether OR maybe an element that cluster 3 (grey 26 way) controls may be draining and be the problem. Or is it the instrument panel responsible for turning off all power to those elements when turning off vehicle???
Also, one of the elements listed for cluster 3 connection on this website ..... http://www.justanswer.com/dodge/7wjkk-dodge-ram-1500-need-wiring-diagram-instrument.html is a horn switch sense. ANd i currently have a horn problem. it works yes, but i have to keep the horn fuse unplugged in the fuse panel or the horn will constantly honk a continous honk. Could this be related to the instrument cluster 3 problem???
I just find it extra hard to believe that i've now tried two instrument clusters and this cluster 3 (on back of instrument cluster) is the issue with both? Any help or suggestions? I am getting tired of having to unplug fuse 51 every night:(
have the same problem?
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 AT 3:45 PM