Can My Instrument Cluster Be Reset?
If your instrument cluster starts going crazy, you might be able to reset it. Before taking the cluster apart or trying to repair it, there are some tricks you can try which may solve the problem. In this post, we'll look at why instrument clusters malfunction and some options for resetting them.
Why Instrument Clusters Malfunction
Instrument clusters are made up of electronic components connected to various sensors. The sensors measure things like the vehicle's speed, engine RPM, fuel level, engine temperature, oil pressure, and many other things. Over time the instrument cluster and the sensors wear out due to age or wear and tear. When a sensor malfunctions, it usually will send a code triggering the check engine light to come on. However, when an instrument cluster malfunctions, there's no sensor to indicate the source of the problem. The most likely problems are a discharged battery, a bad electrical connection, or a blown fuse.
For more information on how instrument clusters go crazy, check out the article at this link.
Tips For Resetting Your Instrument Cluster
The first thing to do is check the battery and look for a blown fuse. If either of these items is a problem, it should be fixed before resetting the instrument cluster. Otherwise, the problems will keep occurring. Once you've ruled out or fixed these issues, the next step is to try the reset process.
The reset process is different depending on the make and model of your vehicle. Some vehicles have a reset button and a procedure for resetting your instrument cluster. This article provides a good overview of why an instrument cluster goes bad and general instructions for resetting it. If you own a GM vehicle, this link will take you to an article with more GM-specific info.
What To Do If The Reset Process Doesn't Work
If the reset process doesn't work, the next thing to do is replace your instrument cluster or have it repaired. A malfunctioning instrument cluster could prevent you from knowing if you have a more serious issue or cause lots of distractions while driving the vehicle. Orders over $99 are free, and we offer fast and easy turnaround service. We will also reprogram the instrument cluster with the correct VIN and mileage info.
If you would like to know more about our services or have questions about your instrument cluster, contact us or give us a call at 800-548-1195.
Founded in 1949, ISS Automotive has over 70 years of experience distributing and remanufacturing automotive electronic and mechatronic components. All of our remanufactured and repaired electronic products have a limited lifetime warranty, and we offer free shipping on orders over $99.