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When turning the key on and observing the "bulb check" - neither of these are working. No check engine light, no ABS light. Pretty big bummer as without a working check engine light it will not pass TX emissions. If this were an older vehicle the obvious answer would be, pop the cluster out and replace the bulbs, but hey...as far as I know these are surface-mounted LED's on a circuit board, not individual little light bulbs - maybe I'm wrong on that and there are small bulbs in them similar to the climate controls, and they've simply burned out from being on forever due to faults, or a dishonest seller has popped them?

I did remove the cluster and have a look, and I don't see where anyone cut wires to hide the fact the check engine light might be on, so who knows? Any ideas?

I'm slowly getting this car together to where I think it's trustworthy; it's really not a bad car at all but has a few little hacks here and there I'm undoing.

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All of the warning indicators are LED. There is a cluster self-test that you can perform by having the ign key in the Lock position, press and hold the trip odometer button and roll the ign key to Run. Release the odo button and the cluster will actuate the lights, gauges and VFD segments. The cluster will light the LEDs if it possibly can.
Have a pen and paper handy to copy any codes down that may appear in the odometer display.
If this is a used car, I have found snipped LED leads to keep warning lights from illuminating. Usually to hide an expensive problem from a subsequent owner. Get the PCM/TCM, Airbag, ABS and cluster (CCN) modules scanned for fault codes if no codes appear in the cluster odo display.
 

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Thanks, I did this and saw all the normal lights come on - of course with exception of the check engine light and airbag light. The gauges went through a few steps of sweep, gave me a code of "3-61" then it said DONE. I've checked all over for this 3-61 code and all I find are people that can't find out what it is. ;)

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'3-61' isn't a fault code. It may be a cluster software version or revision number. Certainly nothing that can help here.
Since the warning lights didn't light with the cluster test, this means that the problem is in the cluster itself. Nothing external.
If you can remove and disassemble the cluster to a point where you can see the LEDs, make sure that some previous owner didn't snip a lead to keep the light off in order to mask a bigger problem.
if you can scan the modules for fault codes, you may find some stored in memory or active and un-erasable. This may be why someone would cut an LED lead or remove it.
It would be illegal for someone knowingly to sell a vehicle with tampered or disabled safety/emission components here, if this is the case.
 

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Yeah, it does seem like the 3-61 might be a software revision or something.

I'll have to pop the cluster back out and crack it open, see what's going on inside. Admittedly I should have done that while I had it out previously but I had too many other things to get done that day. Doing the pink thingy took forever because more than a few cokes had been spilled in the shifter/console area by previous owners, so I spent way more time cleaning all that syrupy mess up than actually replacing the part. (pre-emptively put in the aluminum version before the pink one breaks)

I mentioned in my "new members" post I've been fantasizing about a 300C SRT8...well I'm fantasizing no more, it's reality! Picked this up yesterday afternoon:





I love this car!!!

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I very nice LX car collection!
The wife and I have been looking at a base black-on-black 2005 2.7L 300 for touring. While not a Hemi, the looks, quietness and control of the car are impeccable.
 

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Nice driveway!
I'd like to someday add another LX car and retire my Challenger from daily use. Probably not an SRT, but a 300C or Hemi Charger or Magnum.
 

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Sweet combo in the driveway. I've always loved the looks of the Magnum. I keep hoping that someday I'll be able to grab one.
 
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