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Dashbooard dials spin wildly when car is running.

(1999 Ford Windstar)
in Sayville, NY on October 01, 2010
Dashboard dials spin and oscillate wildly when car is running. This occurs at anytime, no matter whether the engine is cold or has been running for a while. Now the RPM dial is permanently stuck all the way around the dial on the right side interfering with the P of park. We cannot put the the gear completely in the Park slot, although the car does park. What is the problem and how should we correct it?
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on October 01, 2010
Really need to have your Instrument panel scanned. The PARK position issue may reside in a problem with the Steering Column. Does your steering column feel loose at all? Is it a tilt wheel type of column? I ask because this is somewhat common on Fords.
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on October 01, 2010
Thank you. While it is a tilt wheel type, we hardly ever change its position, nor does the steering column feel loose. I believe instead there is something truly "haywire" about the instrument panel. Possibly an electrical malfunction in the instrument panel is causing the spinning dials. The RPM dial happened to get wedged near at the wrong end of the panel during the wild spinning. Has this occurred in other Windstars?
on December 01, 2010
yes, mine started at about 150k, if I slap the dash it usually goes back to normal until the next's not something that I'm worried about fixing, not trying to put ton's of $ into this van which is known for it's transmission problems and expensive trani repair.
on April 02, 2011
Regarding the dials issue ,yes I'm having the same problem.
El tiburon
on April 27, 2014
Common problem with these. They can be repaired here:
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