An instrument cluster is the collection of gauges, dials and lights right above the steering wheel that tell you what’s going on in your vehicle.
Generally, your car’s instrument cluster will last the lifetime of the car and you’ll never have a problem with any of them. However, when one of them fail, you’ll have a problem that ranges from mildly annoying (the engine lights up and doesn’t turn off) to inconvenient (the gas gauge doesn’t register) to dangerous (the oil indicator doesn’t work).
Instrument Cluster – What goes wrong?
Some of the more common failures include:
- Erratic or non-functional gauges & inaccurate readings.
- LCD not Stuck or fluttering needles on gauges
- Burned out indicator lights
- Burned out/dark spot backlighting
- Loss of LCD display or erratic operation (number 8 showing as 0)
Instrument Cluster – How can I fix it?
Rarely can these problems be fixed as a do-it-yourself project. They require specialized tools, knowledge and parts to get them working properly. Oh…and patience, because many of these repairs involve very small parts, motors or electronic components.
Here’s a great video from MotorWeek’s Pat Goss that explains “How Instrument Clusters Work & What to do When Gauges Go Bad.” There is a little bit of overpromotion at the beginning, but bear with it because it’s interesting and informative:
Has your instrument cluster gone bad in some way? My recommendation, give me a call and let’s discuss it.
I’m local and I’ve spent a lot of time on these little gadgets.
Call Stu, he’s EZ.