Cluster gauges not working, remove fuse and they work ?


Asked by Jan 19, 2015 at 05:52 PM about the 2002 Pontiac Grand Am GT

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I installed an after market radio and a
few weeks after my dash lights all
went out. I found out and replaced the
fuse and everything was OK. A few
days later my cluster gauges stopped
working and I checked my fuses and I
removed one and suddenly the
gauges began to work but it would not
allow me to start the car. I put the
fuse back in and the gauges went
back to not working. Can someone
please help me ?

16 Answers


Double check which fuse you removed. Typically, these two systems are not connected.

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It was the IPC/ bfc battery fuse

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you have a short somewhere


So what fuse do I look for

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you have a serious electrical problem in the car

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i would use the manual for your car if you have one. it will show where all of the fuses are in your car. you have 3 fuse boxes. one on the drivers side. one n the passenger side and one under the hood. go thru all of the fuses and look and see if they are burnt. of the ones you cant physically see to check get a volt meter and check to see if they have any voltage.

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also these cars have fusible links and sometimes one shorts out . in that case you need a mechanic to look at it. i repair cars but thgt s- -- i wont mess with. i just cut the link and hook the wires together and put electrical tape on it. lol


hi I have a 2000 pontaic grandam when turn ignition to on position cluster gauges work fine..gas etc but when u start it up and it does run the cluster gagues stop working while running does have a new ignition switch help

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My dash lights just went out. What fuse is the instrument panel fuse. In a 2001 Pontiac gram am. 4 cylinder

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look in your manual for the fuse for the instrument panel and start checking those. you have three fuse boxes. one on the outside of the drivers side by the door, one on the passenger side by the door and one under the hood close to the front of the car by the windshield. it has a big black knob attached to the cover.

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in response to the 2000 grand am problem that sounds like either you have wires shorting out , a faulty fuse or a bad electrical system. i would start by checking all of your fuses in all three fuse boxes, then check the connection on your battery, clean if necessary and have your alternator checked to make sure its good. after that i would check to see if you have any wiring loose , corroded or rubbing up against each other untaped or wearing out. hope that helps.


if anyone has anymore questions that are pontiac related let me know. i am glad to help.

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2006 Pont grand prix. Recently hooked up after market tv and all gauges stop working and no lights?


if you mean an after market radio like i have seen other comments in this area, this is my opinion. all pontiac grand ams, gt's etc are pretty touchy when it comes to replacing parts on them. i know some people think its cool to have a pricey radio in your car but most of the time they are not compatible with the wiring in the car or the computer wont recognize it as being original equipment and then things start going goofy with other components of the car. Your best bet is to find a local salvage yard with the same model car (year, specs etc) and pull the original radio from that car and replace yours with the original that came out of it. Make sure you get the exact wiring harness etc that comes with the radio and check any other wiring in the surrounding areas before you complete the installation to make sure none are frayed, corroded etc. if you see any problems use black electrical tape and tape the single wires once each by each one then tape once again altogether as a bundle until you can replace them. Make sure you have no bare wires anywhere touching anything. That in itself will cause other gauges to malfunction. Also go into all of your fuse boxes (of which you have 3) and check the fuses the run the gauges you are having problems with. You will find the location for each fuse listed in your owners manual. You have 3 fuse boxes. 1 by the drivers door on the outside when you open the door, 1 on the passenger side by the door and 1 under the hood by the firewall closest to the windshield. It has a big black knob on it to take it off. Hope this helps.


I have a 2000 and apparently the dashboard light wont work or the radio but the fuses in the car are just fine

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Yeah here is a Pontiac question. Why are these cars such GARBAGE??

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