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bohnjerry
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2/11/2009
15:06:56

Subject: Shift Indicator Light?
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Tried to locate a posting, but since "search" is for members only, I give up! If this is a double posting, sorry... I thought better to not manually read all 410 pages of postings.

I just bought a used 2004 V6 4x4 quad cab with a manual transmission. The "Shift Indicator" in the tach lights fine during the first click of the ignition. But I never see that light work otherwise. Is this a programmable option (lit or no) by the owner? Bad sensor? Just a dummy light for those all but those with a special options package?



daddio
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2/11/2009
15:22:05

RE: Shift Indicator Light?
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you're lucky that's the only time it comes on! on my '00 it goes off and on at different times. it's programmed to come on when it is more fuel efficient to go up to the next gear. for mileage i try to shift before it comes on.

also, on mine, if you hold the go pedal to the floor it does not come on. and the light doesn't come on at all for the v8's.



Jimmy9190
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2/11/2009
17:14:23

RE: Shift Indicator Light?
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I have a 5-speed too, NV 3500. The shift light gets its signal from the PCM to tell you when to shift for the best fuel economy. The signal for it to light up is a ground that comes from the PCM through a transistor pack which is part of the instrument cluster's cicuit board. It's not programmable. I got that info from the Dodge Service Manual for my 2001 Dakota. Your 2004 should be the same.

You would probably have to replace the entire instrument cluster to fix the shift light. Personally, if that's all that's wrong I would just leave it alone. I never pay attention to my shift light anyway.

By the way, we non-members can search the site at http://mark.dodgedakotas.com/.

Jimmy



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