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Old 10-30-2016, 10:05 PM   #1
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Hello everyone, keep the beers cold. First time posting from toroto02. Have 98 Frontier with instrument cluster working sometimes and other times not, does giving me an engine light on.
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Old 10-30-2016, 10:24 PM   #2
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Welcome to Infamous,

What exactly works and doesn't work in the cluster? Whole thing out? speedometer tachometer, lights, etc?

Engine light on? check for codes or take it somewhere to have the codes checked.
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Old 10-31-2016, 04:57 PM   #3
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Gas n Temp gauges, and Speedometer work intermittently. When not working the check engine light goes on giving me code PO500 "speed sensor malfunction". Checked sensor all looks good.
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I would check the connections on the rear of the gauge cluster
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Thanks Infamousaholic, will check first thing tomorrow.
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Any update? I just bought a 98' with the same code. My instrument cluster lights go out and come back.
I've heard sending the cluster to places that refurb them is the thing to do. Anyone have a preferred repair shop? Or is this something that can be fixed by resoldering all the connections on the gauge cluster?
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Old 05-31-2017, 09:02 PM   #7
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I've had the same problem with other vehicles.
Ground was bad someplace.
Instead of hunting down the ground connection,
I tapped a ground wire in to the ground going to wire harness going to the dash.
Might not be your problem, but cheap easy fix if it is.
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I have had the same issue on my '98 XE.... There are no replacement clusters available for the '98... the company that made them went out of business in 2000...

I fought with it for a couple years, ended up putting a Scan Gauge on the steering column...

Then one night I pulled the cluster out of the truck, warmed up the soldering iron, and reflowed EVERY Solder joint on the cluster... yes, it took a while..

Instrument Cluster hasn't given me any issues since...

Just a thought...

I still run the Scan Gauge though, and Nissan thought it was a good Idea to only put a Tach on the Automatic models....

I'm sitting at 330,500 miles right now...
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Quote:
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Nissan thought it was a good Idea to only put a Tach on the Automatic models....

I'm sitting at 330,500 miles right now...
My '98 is 5-speed, and has no tach. True, tach is better suited for a manual transmission, but the 5-speeds were apparently the lower-cost models.

I believe that some companies repair the '98 tach clusters; the non-tach clusters seem to have less issues, but I'm only at 224K on mine...congrats on 330.5K.
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