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Question How do I remove instrument cluster on 97 Gr Caravan?

I have the infamous dead instrument cluster on my 97 Gr Caravan. It's been doing this on and off for about two years, and I've always been able to fix it with a good whack on the dash. This isn't working very well any more, so it seems I need to re-solder the connections on the back. I have no idea how to get the cluster out, so if someone could point me in the right direction, I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks!
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My 98 does the exact same thing. I smack the dash and the insruments come back. If you find how to fix the problem please let me know. speedie105@hotmail(dot)com The post would not let me put the . in that is why I had to spell it out LOL. I cant figure this thing out.
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Did you ever find instructions on how to do this? My 97 just got back from repair for a limp mode problem. They replaced the TCM after doing a complete wire test. But now I'm getting the dead speedometer and tachomoter and PRND dead issue. Before I took the van in for service, the trip/reset test showed code 999. But now I'm getting code 905 and 940 and it goes away after the van has been running for 5-10 minutes.

I can solder, I just need to know how to get to this cluster module in the dash.
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Here is one set of instructions on the dash cluster fix.

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Thanks, those helped quite a bit. I was able to get some time tonight and take the dash apart. It looked like my ground was cracked, so I re-flowed all the solder joints on the connector. Unfortunately, I put it all back together and it still didn't work.

So being a computer tech, I started to apply my diagnostic ability to the van. Realizing that this problem never occurred until after I had the TCM replaced, I decided to probe under the hood. The guy that replaced the module originally thought it was electrical, so I figured that was a good place to start. Found the main wire assembly just below the battery had been sliced open and several wires had poke holes in them. I grabbed the bunch, gave it a good twist and shake, and sure enough - the dash is working.

I can't prove he did it, and I'm not about to pay for the wiring harness assembly to be replaced. So I'll just have to see how long my "fix" works for, and evaluate the situation when I can no longer make it work again. I will be calling the guy on Monday and giving him a big "thanks" and tell him to not worry about finishing the quote on repairing the BCM (his prognosis on what is broke).

DodgeTalk rules with all this great info! I went to a shope instead, and I should have come here first when my water temp was running hot (saga in another post). Their fix (new radiator) led to the check engine light, which led to the TCM, which led to the busted wiring. Too many cooincidences here, but I've involved 3 shops so I can't point a finger at any one place.
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