I'm hoping someone may be able to advise concerning a problem I'm having with a 2000 Dodge Stratus. Here is the story...A while back, I pulled up to our local Family Dollar and was in the store no more than five minutes. When I came out, the engine wouldn't even turn over. There were no problems with the car before this. I brought down a battery charger, but it still wouldn't turn over even in "boost" mode. So, I towed it home, where it has sat in the back yard for about two years (growing mold in some spots of the interior, so it must have gotten damp inside). A few days ago, I finally got around to replacing the battery and it started right up, but the odometer now reads "0" and the tach, speedometer, temp, etc. do not work or light up. The windshield wipers and electric locks also do not work. Here is what does work, the oil light still turns on when I first turn the key before starting the engine, the turn signals (including instrument panel indicators) work, headlights, brake lights, reverse lights, all work. The washer fluid pump also works. Although I haven't driven it far, it also seems to run just fine.
Here is some additional info, every once in a while "no bus" will display when first starting the engine. When it does this, it only displays for a second, then goes back to "0". Also, when I started it up this morning to pull it around to the other side of the house for a wash job, the odometer actually came up normal and all of the gauges seemed to be working fine. However, after that one instance, it is now back to the same problem. I have reseated all of the fuses and relays, both in the engine compartment and in the dash (although I didn't really look for blown fuses since it did start up normal this morning). I've also tried disconnecting and reconnecting the battery. Can anyone provide some insight on this problem?