Dodge Caravan Instrument Clusters
While you're driving your Dodge Caravan, your instrument cluster is similar to a heart monitor on a patient during heart surgery. Without your instrument cluster, you wouldn't know what's going on with your Dodge Caravan. That's why it's important to keep your Dodge Caravan instrument cluster, gauges, and display in proper working order at all times.How do you maintain a Dodge Caravan's instrument cluster?
You'd pretty much be in the dark about most of your Caravan's systems without your instrument cluster, so regularly maintaining it is crucial.
- Clean it: Though your Caravan's instrument cluster is specifically designed to reduce glare, it can become quite hard to read if it gets dirty or dusty. Use a non-static dust cloth to remove dust, and use a damp cloth with light pressure to remove other contaminants.
- Light it: Though your Caravan's instrument cluster assembly itself is one piece, it is illuminated by several light bulbs. Over time, single bulbs can burn out, depriving you of crucial information about various vehicle systems. If you notice this, go ahead and replace all the bulbs; they're all exposed to similar operating conditions and have similar lifespans. That way, you'll ensure that you don't begin to have other bulbs burn out while you're driving.
- Protect it: To protect the plastic covering your Caravan's instrument cluster from scratches, use an acrylic protectant to form a barrier over the plastic. This will ensure those contaminants can’t reach the instrument cluster, preventing them from being scratched.
Replacing your Dodge Caravan's gauge cluster is a fairly easy process. The following step will guide you through the process.
- Remove the trim piece between the cluster and the steering wheel by popping it free from the clip that holds it in place.
- Remove the cluster’s acrylic protector and trim by removing the screws holding it in place, then carefully sliding it out of the dashboard.
- Remove the cluster by removing the screws holding it in place, then tilting it forward and disconnecting the electrical harness on the rear of the cluster.
- Install the new cluster by sliding it into the dashboard part way, then re-connecting the electrical harness, then sliding it fully into place and re-installing the screws.
- Re-install the cluster cover by re-inserting the screws holding it in place, then pop the interior trim piece back into place. Test for proper operation.