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Icon4 Gauges don't work

what's up guys..
when i started my ranger.. (it's a 2001 4.0l BTW) the speedometer, rpm gauge all went crazy...the gauges won't read and just seem to float around.
i took it to a place Galpin Ford recommended me to and it worked for about 5 minutes then stopped reading again!

what could the problem be??

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1 hour went by and no one knows the problem?

jk...it's just been bothering me that i dont know what speed im and i can't even have the rpms to help me!!
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is it all the gauges? are just the rpm and speed
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Mine did that when the battery was going dead, the needles would bounce all over the place and read wrong. couple of days later and it started clicking when i tried to start it, replaced the battery and everything was back to normal.
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really.. just replacing the battery would do the trick??

i'll give that a shot.. thanks!

yeah.. that's exactly what was going on.. everything was bouncing around.

Thanks 4LO!

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Take a deep breath, relax.

Drive to an AP store and have them test the battery. It's usually free.
Same for the alternator.
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really.. just replacing the battery would do the trick??

i'll give that a shot.. thanks!

yeah.. that's exactly what was going on.. everything was bouncing around.

Thanks 4LO!

Vince
No problem man, glad you got it fixed.
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I also had this exact same thing happen to me but it was in a Mustang, not my Ranger. It was under a certified used car warranty and I didn't even have to pop the hood. The service writer at the dealership said "you replaced the battery cable end didn't you?" I had just replaced one of the cables with a $1 Advance taiwan junk end. They went ahead and replaced the cable with a Factory ford one under warranty and that was 10 years ago. I still have that car and the gauges have never had an issue again.
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