Fixing Inaccurate Gas Gauge, Odometer not working/ not showing up and all the rest of the insterment panel With Video

Hey, I know a lot of people including myself that have owned just about any Dodge, Chrysler or Pontiac Vehicle There instrument panel quick working in at least 1 way but normally more i.e Odometer not working, light not working in the instrument panel and so on.

So Buick seems to be the very worse about having this problem. I have a 00 Regal gs and this is how I went about fixing the gauges and odometer. To see how I fixed the gas gauge scroll down or just click here to see the other how to page on fixing the gas gauges on these same vehicles.

So here we go The problem 99% if the time lies within the burnt resistors on the circuit board.

Don’t let the way that sounds scare you because all you need is about and hour of time a soldering iron screw driver and a quick trip to radio shack.

If you do not know how to solder. No problem click here to go to my detailed how to solder and de-solder tutorial.

This whole fix is less than 5 dollars. Your other option of taking it to a dealership because no other independent shops do this.

You take it to the dealer and the will charge you around 800 dollars and send the cluster off to a specialty repair facility and you will be without your car for around a week.

The choice is obvious

Here are the steps below with pictures and the video is below

  1. Remove the instrument cluster from the vehicle        REMOVAL PROCEDURE IMPORTANT: The ignition switch must be in the OFF position when removing the instrument panel cluster.

  1. Remove the instrument panel cluster trim plate.
  2. Remove the screws from the instrument panel cluster.
  3. Rotate the top of the instrument panel cluster rearward and disengage the locating pins on the bottom of the instrument panel cluster.

Inst. Connector

  1. Disconnect the electrical connector from the instrument panel cluster.
  2. Remove the instrument panel cluster from the instrument panel.

INSTALLATION PROCEDURE

Connect the electrical connector to the instrument panel cluster.

  1. Position the locating pins on the bottom of the instrument panel cluster to the pin receivers in the instrument panel.
  2. Install the instrument panel cluster rotating the top of the instrument panel cluster forward and engage the locating pins on the bottom of the instrument panel cluster.
  3. Install the screws the instrument panel cluster. Tighten Tighten the instrument panel cluster screws to 2 N.m (18 lb in).
  4. Install the instrument panel cluster trim plate.

So here are also some pictures from the one I personally did on my Buick regal gs
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55 Responses to “Fixing Inaccurate Gas Gauge, Odometer not working/ not showing up and all the rest of the insterment panel With Video”

  1. Ben says:

    I have a 2002 Park Avenue and have taken the Cluster out and looked all over for resistors. However, my layout is different from this and any other I have found on the internet. I was just wondering if you may know which resistor I am looking for? I have looked for schematics online and in owners manual but have had no luck.

  2. jill says:

    I took out the cluster to replace the resistors, and found that 3 bulbs are missing on the sides, and one in the triangle of bulbs at the top. Is it possible to find these bulbs, and easy to put them back in?

  3. Steve says:

    You are the master. Thanks so much not just for me but look at the amount of people you helped and how much money you saved everyone. Great job and thanks again.

  4. Janet says:

    MY 1998 Buick Century’s odometer some times work, but mostly doesn’t work. Also when the odometer isn’t working neither is the temperature gauge. The gauge goes to the red reading and I know it isn’t over heating. It will show what looks like the odometer reading, but I know it isn’t. When it is working it has a different read. When the rare occasion it does work it shows the actual odometer read. What is the problem. Will the resistors work for this problem also.

  5. Janet says:

    I have a different problem with my odometer shows wrong reading, PRNDL goes blank and temperature gauge goes to hot. I believe they are related. They all go hay wired at the same time. The mileage lights up, but doesn’t show the correct mileage. I only know that because once in a great while they all work and the odometer will show correct mileage, the PRNDL and temperature gauge will work and then go out again. What is the problem? Electrical harness? The shifter? I already replaced the resistors.

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