1997 Dodge Caravan Will not stay started. Gages blank out

Tiny
BROOKDALEAL
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  • 1997 DODGE CARAVAN
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 200,000 MILES
Works great most of the time but will once every week or so do the following. Start and die after about 2 seconds, gages will not register. Have changed the computer module and then the battery after error code came up on new module. Still happening. Let sit over night and we are good to go for another week or so. (Related? Wife says power locks now require her to flip the switch to open before she can flip them to lock.) Saw another posting that wiring harness or faulty key might cause similiar problem? Thanks.
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Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 AT 12:39 PM

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Tiny
MERLIN2021
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It is possible, but Caravans did have solder problems on the circuit boards on the instrument cluster, remove the negative battery cable, then wait 2-3 minutes, then remove the cluster, unplug the connectors, then check the pins on the board, you might find one or two that are loose(wiggle) or can spin, these require a quik re-solder, then it's all set.
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Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 AT 1:56 PM

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