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02-18-2014, 03:57 PM #1
How to determine if the instrument cluster has been rebuilt
On my 2004 'burb the instrument cluster has a number of lights that have burned out. I have to tear the dash apart for some other repairs.
I'm trying to decide whether to just buy some new lights and put them on, or have the whole thing rebuilt with new gauge motors. If it's already been rebuilt once then there's no reason to do it again. Is there a way to tell whether that's been done?Minneapolis area - 1997 K2500 regular cab long bed + 8.5' Western Unimount plow + modified transmission + 2nd battery + modified camper charge circuit + 1971 Cayo camper -and- 2004 4x4 Suburban 2500 8.1 + Maxbrake controller + 2nd battery + modified trailer charge circuit + Reese receiver, pulls 30' Airstream trailer
02-18-2014, 04:31 PM #2
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I'm in the same boat with the gauges not working correctly and a light out. Interested in seeing what replies you get. You can see my responses too below.
02-18-2014, 06:22 PM #3
if the dealer did it they usually just replace the cluster. when they do this they tend to put the correct mileage but they never update the engine hours. I figured this out by looking at a few trucks that had dealer replacements. I divided the miles (120,000) by the hours displayed (1500) and the result said that the owner had to average 80mph over the life of the truck. I have done it a few times and whenever it has been an average above 35 mph the cluster had been changed. Some private shops will put a sticker on the back of the cluster with a rebuild date, others do not.
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02-23-2014, 09:26 PM #5
The cluster had a sticker indicating it was rebuilt. Thanks, Pikey!
02-24-2014, 10:13 AM #6
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