Instrument Cluster Buyer's Guide

Every vehicle has an instrument cluster. Whether you want to learn more about instrument clusters or you’re trying to fix a broken one, you’re in the right place. This buyer’s guide covers everything you need to know about instrument clusters.

What Is An Instrument Cluster And Why Is It Important?

Gauge instrument cluster

When you’re in the driver’s seat, you’ll see a set of gauges and warning lights in front of you. That’s the instrument cluster, sometimes called a gauge cluster, and it’s located in the dashboard, right behind the steering wheel. It’s an important tool for the driver because it helps the driver keep tabs on the status of the vehicle.

Some of the most common gauges and indicators you’d find on an instrument cluster include:

  • Speedometer
  • Tachometer
  • Fuel gauge
  • Oil pressure gauge
  • Odometer
  • Turn signal indicators

This post provides an in-depth description of instrument clusters. It also explains why they’re important.

How To Tell If An Instrument Cluster Is Failing

Instrument clusters should last the lifetime of the vehicle. Sometimes they’ll fail, though. The two most common reasons for instrument cluster failure are:

  1. Wear and tear
  2. Blown fuse

Sometimes only one gauge is bad. Other times, the whole unit is bad. When you’re driving with a broken instrument cluster, you’re not getting the information you need about the vehicle. That’s why you want to confirm the issue and get it fixed ASAP.

This diagnostic guide will walk you through the process of checking your instrument cluster. To sum it up, you need to check the:

  • Fuses
  • Wiring and connections
  • Instrument cluster’s power
  • Ground wire
  • Bulbs and monitors

When in doubt, replace the gauge cluster. It's very important to drive with a functioning instrument cluster.

How To Replace An Instrument Cluster

Before bringing your vehicle to a shop, think about replacing the instrument cluster yourself. It’s something you may be able to do at home with the right set of tools. This post provides an overview of the process.

Are you looking for a replacement instrument cluster? We have an extensive inventory of replacement instrument clusters to choose from.

If you have any questions that weren’t answered in this buyer’s guide, please contact us. We’ll be happy to answer them!