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post #1 of 12 Old 01-20-2007, 05:20 AM Thread Starter
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check gauges light

My 99 Durango decided to pop up with a "check gauges" light and then went off shortly after. This has only happened twice in the past month or so. The last time it did this my oil pressure gauge went to zero and then back to normal operating pressure. Has anyone had similar problems or know what is causing this???It seems to be runnning perfect other than that.thanks!!!

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could be just a glitch somewhere between the sending unit and the computer or computer to gauge cluster, OR you wouldnt' have happend to be braking when that light popped up would you?

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both times I was braking.Could this be the problem u think??

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haha go check your oil level...

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U think it might be low and this is causing the light to come on?? It's never had low oil levels and done this before. thanks, I'll check it out!

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and then when you find out its low, remove your air intake and with a flash light (and the motor off of course) open the throttle body to full throttle and look at the bottom of the intake manifold. If you see a puddle of oil you have a blown plennum gasket causing you to slowly burn oil without notice. now if all you see is a light and kind of dirty film-like coating on it then its normal. but if there is some significant oil spots or a pool of oil then its blown.

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I checked it and it was 3 qts. low. I have been driving up to the snow quite a bit and going about 80 mph. I thought that may be a reason for the oil consumption. I'll check out the tb.thanks for the advice!

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That sounds very familiar! I would put money on the plenem pan gasket!

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thanks!! I looked at it and there was fresh oil down there. Had the gasket replaced and it runs even better now!! Idles smoother and no more pinging !! I can't believe Dodge doesn't recall this, there are so many that have had problems like this!

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sorry you had to shell out the money to get that fixed. i know it wasn't cheap. but atleast its running good now.

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I had the gasket replaced, thermostat ,and idler pulley all done for $550. I had a Robert Shaw 180 thermostat in there and the mechanic put a 195 back in. I was thinking of changing it to a 195 anyway because the heater doesn't work for shit. I didn't notice any problem with the programmer with this thermostat. whatcha guys think, switch to 180 or leave it??

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heat em' up

My 99' Dak's heater doesn't work worth a hoot either and it's only got 43,000 miles on it. My Durango has 95,000, has more interior room to heat up and it bakes me. lol
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