GM Cluster Repair Kit
Grab a high-performance cluster repair kit from ISS Automotive. This kit is the same GM parts that we use in our instrument cluster builds. If you want to OEM standards then grab these parts with the original components complete kit. This gets you a direct replacement and a reliable replacement.
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How long does it take to repair an instrument cluster?
It depends on your skills, but most people can do it in 2-3 hours. Many people believe that only failed components have to be replaced. If you are doing it yourself then this is ok, but it can leave you at risk. It's a good idea to fully clean your circuit boards, replace all lights and stepper motors and be as detailed as possible. This will ensure that your cluster will perform long-term.
Does a used instrument cluster need to be programmed?
Instrument clusters from the same make, model, and year can be swapped without requiring programming. However, clusters from different makes or models will need to be programmed to function correctly. Some clusters may need to be reset after installation, but this is normally done through a diagnostic tool.
How do I restore my instrument cluster?
Disassembly of the instrument cluster is pretty straightforward. It's also very important that you fully clean the circuit board to ensure there is no dirt or debris on the part.
- The problem is to avoid breaking a plastic c-clip surrounding a needle on each gauge. If you break it, you'll need to get a new cluster. Just remove the needle from the broken c-clip and install it on the new c-clip.
- There are several ways to remove needles from their c-clips, you can use a tool or just your fingers. How you do it is your decision. Cleaning the plastic casing and vacuuming all oily dirt from the inside of the cluster case will help you read gauges and get a good vacuum on them.
- The most important part is removing the board. Do not pry it with screwdrivers or other tools! It will break and you will need to get a new cluster. Just unclip that are holding it in place, then carefully remove the board.
- When you are replacing all burned-out bulbs, make sure you replace them with the correct part number or it will not work properly.
- If you need to solder any connection, do it quickly and remove all dirt from soldering points. It's very very important that you fully clean the circuit board and not solder in the dirt.
Don't forget to check the fuses and relays!
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How do you make a cluster gauge?
We recommend that you purchase a cluster gauge. It's really not something that is simple to make and be sure that it is accurate. If you have a background in manufacturing or repairs then you may already have some of the skills needed.
Start with an old gauge as a template, then draw the picture on paper. Transfer it to an acetate sheet and cut out a new gauge. A soldering iron is the only tool you need. Cut the board with a thin saw blade, below the part of the board that is glued to the plastic casing. This way your new gauge will be as close to the old one as possible.
New instruments are not calibrated and you will need to calibrate them. ISS Automotive uses high-performance testing equipment designed by our engineers. You can test them easily with a multimeter or voltmeter. The battery voltage gauge should show the correct voltage when the battery is fully charged (13.5V±0.1V).
The new gauge needs to be bent at the right angles, you can do it on your own or use some kind of bending machine. The important thing is to not overheat the plastic. If you are using a machine, set it to the recommended temperature. After bending, the new gauge needs to be cooled down slowly so it doesn't crack.
Once the new gauge is in the correct shape, glue it in place with plastic glue. Make sure it is well secured and that there are no gaps.
Now you need to solder the wires to the new gauge. The order doesn't matter, but we recommend that you start with the power supply and then move on to the signal wires. It's very important that you use the correct wire size and type. If you are not sure, ask an expert or consult the wiring diagram.
After soldering, insulate the wires with heat shrink tubing or electrical tape. We also recommend that you put some kind of clear varnish on the soldered points to protect them from moisture.
Now you can connect the new gauge to the car's electrical system and test it. If everything is working properly, then you can install it in the cluster.
If you are not comfortable soldering or working with electrical systems, then we recommend that you take your car to a professional mechanic or auto shop. They will have the necessary tools and experience to properly install the new gauge.
How do you modify instrument clusters?
There are two ways to do it – via the dashboard or the back of the cluster.
The back of the cluster method gives you direct access to a board and its components, but also a possibility to break something. The dashboard method is more difficult because you have to remove the whole dashboard or cut a hole in it to access the back of the cluster.
There is no difference where you'll be placing your instruments – on the front or on the rear side.
The back of the cluster method is used mostly when you want to move existing gauges around or remove needles completely.
The dashboard method is used mostly when you want to add custom gauges or just hide existing ones. The important thing here is to plan everything carefully.
Can you upgrade the instrument cluster?
Yes, you can upgrade the factory instrument clusters. The most common upgrade is to replace the gauge faces with aftermarket ones. This is usually done to change the look of the cluster. You can add new features, such as a tachometer, water temperature gauge, fuel gauge, oil pressure gauge, transmission temperature gauge, or voltmeter. You can also add a boost gauge or an air/fuel ratio gauge.
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How much does a gauge cluster cost?
It all depends on the make and model of your car. Aftermarket clusters can cost anywhere from $150 to $500, while OEM clusters can cost anywhere from $300 to $1,000.
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What causes the instrument cluster to stop working?
The cluster is dying due to corrosion of cables, faulty printed board, or broken c-clip.
The most common reason for the cluster to stop working is probably a broken c-clip. This is a thin plastic ring that holds clusters together and all needles in place. If this clip breaks, your speedometer will either be completely dead or it will start jumping all over the place. All the stepper motors are still working, but the cluster is completely useless.
How do I reset my Chevy instrument cluster?
In order to reset the Chevy instrument cluster, you need to remove the negative battery cable and let the car sit for at least 30 minutes. This will allow the car's computer to reset itself. Once the 30 minutes is up, you can reconnect the negative battery cable and start the car. The instrument cluster should now be reset.
What are the symptoms of a bad instrument cluster?
The symptoms of a bad instrument cluster can vary depending on the specific problem. However, some common symptoms include:
- Gauges sticking or not working properly
- Sticky needle movement
- Backlighting bulbs not working
- Dead pixels on the display
- Lights flickering or dim display
- Car's computer not resetting properly after disconnecting the battery
How do you fix it?
The best way to fix a bad instrument cluster is to take it to a professional mechanic or auto shop. They will have the necessary tools and experience to properly diagnose and fix the problem.
If you are comfortable working with electrical systems, then you may be able to fix it yourself. Here are some general tips:
- Replace all the burnt-out original components with reliable replacement parts
- Clean all the connectors and contacts
- Check for loose or broken wires
- Check for corrosion on the circuit board
- Check all the gauges and needles for proper operation
- Replace any broken or missing plastic parts
- Make sure all the lights are working properly
- Check the stepper motor for proper operation
- Replace the entire cluster if it is beyond repair
These are just general tips and it is always best to consult a professional before attempting to fix the problem yourself.