This forum is meant only for members who wish to post the specific steps to complete a project or modification of some sort. Remove tape and snap clear lens back on making sure to line up the odometer selector stalk. Shift the car back into park, take the key out of the ignition and tilt the steering column back to its original position. Again that's something a shop would need to look into, see my links above. Cluster broken on your Silverado? There are 11 clips on the back of trim panel that unsnap when pulled gently. I looked it up and of course it is very common but not under warrenty.
I have passed your name and number on to my mechanic, so you may hear from him. This issue is often repairable but is not covered under our warranty. Then you use the solder and iron to solder on a small amount of solder to each motor's pin. Want to get your cluster fixed the fast-and-easy way? Will my gauge cluster have to be reprogrammed after I get it back? So Fred, how does your service work, exactly? Don't worry, you won't break the needle if you keep your fingers near the base of the needle and away from the tip while you do this step. Has the speedometer on your Chevy Silverado stopped telling you you actual speed? What if I replaced a motor and that gauge still doesn't work? No, it will not reset to zero, your mileage will still display correctly after repair. But before we dropped the dough, we wanted to find out if there was a better way. The solder should flow on smoothly, quickly and cool to a even shiny finish if done properly.
Our 24 hour in-shop turnaround means that you will probably have it back and ready to re-install in about a week. Now you simply need to pop your new where the old ones were, they will only install in one direction so you don't have to worry about mixing them up or getting it wrong. Make sure you get the correct part number when you buy your stepper motors see link above for correct parts. Trust me that is usually not the way my projects go! I am a 47yr old mom of 5. So if it got stuck in the middle it would assume that were it is, is at zero. You'll be rotating the needle around the motor's shaft so there will be some resistance especially at first.
I was lucky I guess, and had everything work the first time. Now make a pen mark on the tape just below the top of each needle. Grip the dashboard bezel around the gauge cluster and radio with your hands and pull it towards you to release the clips that hold it in place. Many thanks, the process worked well - it is very disconcerting to be driving down the road with '0' oil pressure. What if I'd like blue or white needles? Repeat this for the 3 remaining pins. I have some light bulbs out, how much to replace those too? Now you can pop the motors off the front of the board once all the old solder has been removed. Make adjustments to the needle a little bit at a time while unplugged until you get it to point right at the zero mark.
In fact, we lived this story. Rotate all the needles counter clockwise gently until the come to a stop, they should all stop at or just below the zero marks. Connect the battery momentarily, and start the truck. It can be seized in place, pull and wiggle firmly and it will break loose. What if I have light bulbs out too? Better than new, been fixed by Fred. . Ok now you'll need a few pieces of masking tape and a pen or marker.
Remove instrument trim panel from dash. Then using the soldering pencil apply a dot of solder to each leg. There is a smaller oval hole and large round hole, make sure you have the motor orientated correctly, then push motor into position. Do not force needles past this point. Use the de-soldering bulb and the solder iron to suck off the old solder on each of the four pins of each motor.
Conclusion: This was a little more tedious than I had originally though it was going to be, but after I did a couple of motors, it got easier. Please only post in this section if you have directions on how to do a modification, complete a task, or steps to take to resolve a problem. I too wanted to mention that the online video allowed me to remove it without any problems and the replacement was just as easy. Then you need to get that instrument cluster fixed. Can I still drive my vehicle while the cluster is out for repair? The idea is to get the needle back to the stop and line up with the mark on the tape made in step 4. Not only that, but they usually take a long time and offer a very limited warranty — if any at all.
Remove light defuser, and white plastic housing. Carefully rotate needles clockwise about a ¼ inch then back to the left. Then pull the bezel away from the dashboard and set it out of the way. There will be one electrical plug in the back. Clean the lens before installing if needed. When I would turn it back on it would start from that point. Place the circuit board back into the white center housing and snap on the black back housing.
We will inspect and test gauge cluster backlight bulbs Bulbs will be replaced free of charge. What if my whole cluster intermittently goes out at the same time, all the gauges and lights go out except the check engine light? Special Rates for Car Dealerships, Junk Yards and Shops. See pic of a damaged board. All posts in here are put up for all to read and gain information on how to do something to their silverado or sierra. We will uninstall, repair and reinstall all Gauge Clusters locally.