Here is a picture of the De-soldering Iron. Take each needle and turn it slowly counter clockwise until you feel it break loose from the Stepper Motor shaft. The current and failure mileages were approximately 122,000. If you don't know how to get your dash apart, I wrote that up too, just go to the blog post I wrote just before this one. The gauges are totally hay wire. This is very much a safety hazard and should not be happening to so many people, it obviously means it is a faulty part.
That being said, was the cluster repair information useful to me? Everything seemed to be working correctly. Took about 5 min more to get the whole dash out than just loosening it. Now when I get in the car the speedometer is at 95mph. I had to replace the odometer backlight bulb and one of the tachometer bulbs. Daughter had car jumped and now the gauges do not work.
Recently I had a person make a comment on one of my posts. I have owned this car for just 3 years and I'm honestly very disappointed of buying a Chevy. I have seen a lot of complaints about this same problem with the same car model. I'd be surprised if the entire forum was like that. It took a week or so for me to realize that I would go from a half of a tank to a full tank and vis versa in a day. From start to finish I doubt it took me more than an hour to pull the dash apart and have it back in and good to go. On several occasions, while driving, the instrument panel failed to operate as intended.
That way I know to keep on jotting down my project notes. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. I'm not worried about the soldering and I found the motors here: and they're pretty cheap. I find this unacceptable for an american car company to charge for this repair. I haven't driven the car much because I recently bought it, so I am not sure how often this problem will occur. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop, who diagnosed that the instrument panel was defective and needed to be replaced.
The problem began about 2 weeks ago. Once you have the needle positions marked on the tape, it is time to remove the needle from the shaft of each Stepper Motor. So to this point, you should have your Instrument Cluster in your hot little hands. Now I have to find a reputable repair shop that can actually handle the job and replace the defective parts in the instrument panel cluster. Hello my name is jelyn, Sorry I pulled you email off of your blog u left for someone else. Let me know if anyone has the actual fix.
Make sure you do read Warrior Joe's comments on the dashboard removal. My car has only 55,000 miles on it and it's not safe to drive. No wonder everyone is leaving the cheaply made American cars. The failure mileage was approximately 75,000. The gas gauge doesn't give me an accurate gas amount in the car and the mph works sometime, but often than not, it isn't accurate. I know she was truthful. The grammar in my post above was ridiculous but I was in a rush so whatever.
Also the horn doesn't work and there is trouble with the clock spring. That isn't safe is it. Or you can buy the up graded stepper motors on eBay an fix it. Hope the new gm gets its act together fast. All of that information nowadays is sent by electrical impulses to the Stepper Motor and then displayed on your Cluster.
Make sure you have a pencil type tip, it makes it easier to get around those small joints. These are not just normal wear and tear problems and standard maintenance. If everything looks good, go ahead and put everything back together. What could the problem be? If you read a comment by Alex in this comment section, he did replace his while his cluster was out, which you would have to remove to do the job. I didn't have any problem with the circuit board, as I am a retired Electrical Engineer with years of soldering experince! The contact stated that the speedometer malfunctioned and was providing erroneous readings.
Dec 06, 2010 That Cluster will work But, You will have to get an Installation kit if you want the Tach to work. I feel that this is a major safety issue and needs to be addressed. The needle will move clockwise but does not go back down when I slow down--thus, by the time I park my car at my destination, the speedometer needle is basically pointing straight down. I did mine a month ago, pretty straight forward, couple of lights were burnt out so I replaced whole unit with one from a recycling yard. It usually stays around 0, but will sometimes get stuck at various incorrect speeds.