Dakota 4WD V8-4.7L VIN J (2007)
Transmission Shift Position Indicator Lamp: Description and Operation
The electronic gear selector indicator gives an indication to the vehicle operator of the transmission gear that has been selected with the automatic
transmission gear selector lever. This indicator is controlled by the instrument cluster circuit board based upon cluster programming and electronic
messages received from the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) over the Controller Area Network (CAN) data bus.
The gear selector indicator information is displayed by the odometer/trip odometer Vacuum Fluorescent Display (VFD) unit soldered onto the instrument
cluster electronic circuit board, and the VFD will not display the gear selector indicator information after the ignition switch is turned to the OFF
position. Each time the cluster is disconnected from battery current for more than about five minutes, it must configure itself for the automatic
transmission type that is in the vehicle once it is reconnected to battery current. The instrument cluster circuitry operates the gear selector indicator to
provide the following features:
Selected Gear Message - Each time the cluster receives an electronic selected gear message from the PCM, a box will be illuminated around the
appropriate character in the gear selector indicator. The box will remain illuminated until the cluster receives a different selected gear message, or
until the ignition switch is turned to the OFF position, whichever occurs first.
Communication Error - If the cluster fails to receive a selected gear message from the PCM within three seconds, the instrument cluster
circuitry will display all gear selector positions boxed (selected) until a valid selected gear message is received or until the ignition switch is turned
to the OFF position, whichever occurs first.
Actuator Test - Each time the cluster is put through the actuator test, the odometer/trip odometer VFD will display all of its characters at once,
then step through each character segment individually during the VFD portion of the test to confirm the functionality of the VFD and the cluster
The PCM continually monitors a hard wired multiplex input from the Transmission Range Sensor (TRS), then sends the proper message to the
Electromechanical Instrument Cluster (EMIC). For further diagnosis of the gear selector indicator or the instrument cluster circuitry that controls this
For proper diagnosis of the TRS, the PCM, the EMIC, the CAN data bus or the electronic communication related to gear selector indicator operation a
diagnostic scan tool is required. Refer to the appropriate diagnostic information.