Respuesta a "Gauges stopped working on 1997 Chrysler Town and Country?"2 separate problems here. 1) probably clock spring for all functions related to accessories like wipers. Chrysler has a lifetime warranty on certain Town and Country in this generation. 2) As for the dashboard, most likely the solder joint on the connector on the back of instrument cluster (ground) as previously mentioned by another poster.
Respuesta a "Why would my van starts but shuts down after a few seconds?"Answer above is correct. As for the dash problem, very common. Most likely a bad solder on the back of the instrument cluster, located at connector. These 2 problems you described usually go together. Re—solder then reset alarm as original poster says, more than likely will solve problem.