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Ford Thunderbird Check Gauges

Q. I have a 1994 Ford Thunderbird LX with a 4.6 liter V-8. I have 25,000 miles on the car. The check gauges light came on so I took it in. They said that I needed a new battery and alternator in the car. I had them do the work but the check gauges light did not go off. They said that I have to take the dash completely apart and replace the gauges. What is the problem and what should I do?

Tacoma, WA

Ford Thunderbird Check Gauges


Please don’t take this as facetiousness but the check gauges light means just that, "check the gauges" are any of them reading out of the ordinary? Temperature, charging etc. I have no way of knowing exactly which gauges your particular vehicle came equipped with but if a sensor is reading out of the ordinary that is when this particular light is supposed to come on. I had to throw that in there because you didn’t indicate one way or another and I don’t want to assume anything.

It is possible that the repair shop did diagnose and repair your problem correctly but failed to reset the system. This usually resets itself after a few cycles of the key on and off but can be forced by specialized diagnostic equipment which a dealership will definitely have.

I personally would try unhooking the battery and depressing the brake pedal for 5 seconds, reconnect the battery and try it out. If the light is still on, recommend you stop by a nearby Autozone after a few driving cycles, get your codes read at no charge and report back.

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