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Bad Gauges - Fixed!

Discussion in 'Audio, Video & Gadget Tech' started by mhevezi, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. mhevezi

    mhevezi Rockstar

    Sometimes I amaze even myself!

    So my '04 Silverado had the wacky gauges that would only work about 10% of the time. Only the tach and water temp gauges worked reliably and the speedo- not at all. So I called the dealer for the recal and because of my mileage, no dice. A re-built cluster is like $230+ and having it fixed by someone who swaps out all the bad stepper motors is $150, plus shipping and a few days with no gauge cluster.

    Being somewhat frugal (ie- I'm a cheap a$$), and having some skills, I decided to tackle the gauges myself. I found a set of all 7 stepper motors (the extra for the clusters with the optional tranny temp gauge) for $46 shipped to my door. Took about 4 days to arrive, and I went to work.

    Getting the instrument panel out is a piece of cake. It snaps apart fairly easy, and if you have ever soldered components to a PCB, then you will have no trouble with this. Aside from a few blunders on my part, it went smooth and I am proud to say that all my gauges are ALL working 100% for a fraction of what I would have had to pay!

    If anyone has messed up gauges, and you can handle a soldering iron, you can get the new motors on e-bay for cheap and in less than two hours, have your gauges back!
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  2. Springthing

    Springthing Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Thanks for the wonderful information. Please tell us what vehicle and year you have and fixed. I believe this fix is only available for around '02 and up or so.

    Thanks again,
  3. retired2001

    retired2001 Epic Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts

    Good info', thanks for sharing!
  4. tlperry68

    tlperry68 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Good info to know. Thanks.
  5. dwill3015

    dwill3015 Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    Great advice!
  6. mhevezi

    mhevezi Rockstar

    It's for the '03 to '06 Silverado's and the '07 Silverado Classic. Those gauges had a recall, but you need to be less than 70k miles to qualify for the recall. I'm not sure if the '02's and older had the same issue.

    It's a pretty easy fix if you have basic mechanical skills, can solder and just take your time.
  7. bry2500

    bry2500 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Way to go on the frugal fix.

    I hope I never have to follow your example.:lol:
  8. Springthing

    Springthing Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts


    Same issues, no recall on them. We had another thread on here of someone that had sent away to get the stepper motors swapped but when I contacted the person that was doing the work I was told it was not possible for my ('99) year. I think pre-'02 is the cut-off.

    Again, great info!
  9. stprovost

    stprovost New Member

    Hello, where did you order the stepper motors? I also have a 2003 chevy suburb with the spastic gauges!
    thanks
    stprovost@provtechs.com
  10. mhevezi

    mhevezi Rockstar

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