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Pleasant Hill, CA
Instrument Cluster has two screws near the top. Feel them with your finger. You should consider checking the door switchs, they go bad all the time....
You can't bypass it, you need the code. You can also call the dealer with the radio's serial number. You may find the code on some docs left in the glove box, on the glove box door itself. On or near the spare tire area or even on the steering column underneath the knee panels. Good luck.
Anti theft is one possibility. Could be a fuel pump or even the crankshaft position sensor. What codes are stored? Did you try a different key?
I would say the reflash could be the problem. You may have stored codes that could point you in the right direction. How's the battery? Have a charging system test done to make sure you have the right voltage. Voltage irregularities cause more gremlins in the electronics...
That van is supercharged right? What do the belts look like? Check the exhaust for leaks. Look underneath for anything hanging down causing the resonance.
You mean the dome light or something else? It could be the sensor in either door. Just a simple switch but no good way to bypass, you'll need to replace the bad switch or remove the bulb in the light the stays on.
You've got some real work ahead of you. You'll be removing the transmission to get to the rear seal. That means you will have to remove exhaust, driveshaft, transmission, flexplate and then you can get at the mail seal. Probably 5 hours for the portion. The pan gasket is just as difficult depending on 2WD or 4WD. Probably another 12 hours give or take.
Explain the spark coming from the top of the manifold. Check the battery conenctions, distributor cap and wires going to the spark plugs. All should be clean and show NO signs of shorting out like burn marks. Does the engine turn over when you try to start it?
The computer has found and problem in the steering column lock mechanism. There was a recall issued for 1997-2004 models. Does your column unlock when you turn the key? The ride control could be one of your shocks or the actuator that changes the shock settings that is on top of the shock.. Check the tops of all four. Is everything intact? Sometimes the clips come off the tops of the actuator and the shock itself. If everything is visually okay then you'll have to have the body codes pulled so someone can determine what faults have occurred.
That's about right. To remove the cluster all you have to do is remove the two screws in the top and slide it out over the steering wheel. While you have it out replace all the bulbs (8-10) and they are expensive but you'll only have to do it once.
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