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Old 01-28-2014, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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I have a 2003 chevy silverado. I bought it new and back in 2008 (?) there was a recall on the instrument clusters due to bad stepper motors. GM "forgot" to notify me and I missed the deadline to get it fixed for free.

I started having issues with the oil gauge and the ampmeter gauge a while back. I then noticed the speedometer was off but only on cold days. Now nothing but the gas gauge works. The tach shows 300 rpm regardless of the speed, the speedometer is pegged above 120 and shows 60mph when parked.

Can I remove the instrument cluster and still drive the truck? Will it run?
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Old 01-28-2014, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Probably not. I suggest finding a 2003 gauge cluster from a recycle yard and having it installed.
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Old 01-28-2014, 06:47 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX USA
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Yes it will. I swapped clusters in my 2006 Trailblazer a couple of times. The vehicle will still turn on and drive with out the cluster installed. I wouldn't recommend it, because the ONLY place the mileage is stored is in the cluster. If you drive with out the cluster installed, the mileage will not be tracked.
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Old 01-28-2014, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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I was only going to remove it for a short time and try to repair it over a weekend. It is my only vehicle so if I screw it up I want to have the option of driving to/from work while I wait for a replacement.

I don't think a junkyard replacement would be a good idea since this is a known issue with GM vehicles. I would likely have the same problems with the stepper motors in the junk yard replacement.
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Old 01-28-2014, 07:13 AM
 
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You might want to consider this - or some place like this.

Instrument Cluster Repair, GM Gauge Cluster Repair | GM Gauge Repair, LLC
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Old 01-28-2014, 01:04 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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I was only going to remove it for a short time and try to repair it over a weekend. It is my only vehicle so if I screw it up I want to have the option of driving to/from work while I wait for a replacement.

I don't think a junkyard replacement would be a good idea since this is a known issue with GM vehicles. I would likely have the same problems with the stepper motors in the junk yard replacement.
Would there be a way to tell if the junk yard unit was from a unit that was replaced by the recall ??
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Old 01-28-2014, 01:18 PM
 
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Would there be a way to tell if the junk yard unit was from a unit that was replaced by the recall ??
Call GM with the VIN of the unit at the yard provided It's not sitting on a shelf and ask, they can tell you.
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Old 01-28-2014, 02:13 PM
 
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Do NOT attempt to replace your cluster with a VIN non-verified unit. I owned a Silverado for several years and spent a lot of time in 4 Silverado forums. Clusters have to be the right ones, or you destined to have trouble. I spoke.
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Old 01-28-2014, 02:19 PM
 
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Yes but remember that when you do replace it you'll have to get it reprogrammed.
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Old 01-28-2014, 05:13 PM
 
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Indeed^^^^ I came across many folks that simply swapped clusters with salvage yard whatever and stil had to circle back to OEM one. GM is real good about making 5500 small variances for their line of products with bazillion of VIN numbers and the watch dog called BCM that won't let anything slip past dealer.
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