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Old 03-06-2009, 10:19 AM
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Default Check Gages light

Whenever i brake in neutral or downshift the check gauges light come on and dings for a few seconds, then goes away.Any ideas what this could be or how to fix it?..Thanks
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Old 03-06-2009, 12:51 PM
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did you check your oil latley or your collant
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Did you check your gauges ... what did you see? The light comes on when an indicator has traveled far enough out of the "normal" range.
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Old 03-06-2009, 07:29 PM
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Yeah all new gaskets (needed head gasket), flushed coolant, and oil replaced, tuned..gauges seem fine?...
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You'll only see the "Check Gauges" light when there is a gauge indicating a bad condition. It's a Master Caution light. There is nothing wrong with the gauges ... they're trying to tell you that there's something wrong with the truck. Asking why you're getting a "Check Gauges" light is like saying, "I have a 'Check Engine Light' ... what's causing it"? We need more information.
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Old 03-20-2009, 10:30 AM
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Ok i checked everything over, i noticed when the light comes on the oil pressure drops to 0, then it will go back up to normal..again only when stoping in neutral or down shifting. The oil pump seems fine, everything works great except for then. Any ideas??
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First, run a cluster check. Key off, press and hold the trip reset button, key on, hold button until the odometer says "CHEC" (5 or so seconds) ... release button and watch the cluster run through it's self test. Pay close attention to the third section where the gauges run through a sweep test. Watch the oil gauge. Do it a number of times. If that looks good, either change out the sensor or ring the wire while moving it around really good to see if you get an open. The oil pressure tap is at the back of the engine, beside the distributor.
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Could be a bad oil sending unit, Happened to my roomates truck, whenever he was stopped at a red light or coming down in gears it would come on and pressure read 0 when in fact it was fine. I have seen several Chrysler's come in with this, mainly Rams and Caravans.
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I'm not trying to make you sound bad or anything, but have you checked your oil level? My truck burns a little oil and one day it did exactly what you are describing and I checked my oil and sure enough, I was low. I filled it back up and the problem went away.
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For the people saying have you checked your oil lately....
My father has his truck, a 2001 Dodge Ram, serviced regularly and has a receipt for ever three months or every three thousand miles, whichever comes first in his truck, which I very clearly had to dig through to find the truck manual; However, I was driving it and all of a sudden, fuel gauge and oil pressure gauge dropped and the truck stopped running. Had to pull off on the side of the highway in BFE WYOMING and wait hours for someone to come and assist us in getting the thing running again. It just was serviced like...last week when my dad replaced the brakes and there is nothing wrong with the oil level. Trying the trick above, will let everyone know how it turns out.

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Could be the sending unit. My old 99 had sludge blocking the pick up screen and did the same thing as yours. Only sure way to tell is put a mechanical gauge where the sendin unit goes and see what oil pressure really is.
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Default 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel Chech Gauges light.

I have a 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel. The check gauges light came on the other day, along with oil pressure gauge not working, as if the truck is off. the truck still runs fine, no chugging or anything. Maybe Oil sending unit. anyone come across this before?
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The oil pressure sending units on these trucks (and many other vehicles) just suck. Try swapping it out, and see what happens. If you are still getting zero pressure, put a mechanical gauge on it, and see what IT says. If you still have zero pressure, stop driving it, and find out why.
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The oil pressure sending units on these trucks (and many other vehicles) just suck. Try swapping it out, and see what happens. If you are still getting zero pressure, put a mechanical gauge on it, and see what IT says. If you still have zero pressure, stop driving it, and find out why.
Is it the "oil sending unit"? Or the Engine Oil Pressure Switch. One is $30 and the other is almost $200.
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Old 09-25-2014, 10:50 AM
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Ouch..... Think I would have a look at the one on the motor, go to the parts store, and see what they have. "switch" generally implies you just have an idiot light, but, there is no consistency in nomenclature for this kind of thing.
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Default Check Gauges Light

Notice this a couple of times in the last few days. If I turn the truck off and re-start it, it goes away.

The coolant level is fine and I had the oil changed two days ago.

Any idea what this is for? Doesn't seem to be anything wrong as the truck runs and drives fine.
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Old 02-02-2015, 12:14 PM
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Check your engine temp, oil pressure, and volt gauge. Those are the ones the "check gauges" lite pays attention to. Mine ignores the fuel gauge, I have a separate lite for that.
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