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

  1. Rob says:

    worked for me!!!! my LS didnt have the 3 on the other side because it didnt have the driver info.. works great now!

  2. Bob says:

    Works like a charm! Thank you! I also recommend getting the resin flux to keep your soldering iron clean.

  3. Pete says:

    Worked great for me, when I opened my cluster up one of the resistors was gone & while testing the other three to see how secure they were, one fell off so I decided to knock off the other two & put all 4 new ones on like you did. Thanks so much you rock!!!
    Pete

  4. George Rocks says:

    Can you please explain what the plastic part of the resistor is and how do you know which way this plastic piece should be facing when installing? The driver information centre in my 2001 Buick just went dark. Sometimes I can see the display very, very faintly and I’d love to change the resistors.

  5. Scott says:

    This worked like a charm – unbelievable! Thank you so much for the step by step. The hard part was getting the panel off. it would be great to link to a site with that – I found one for removing the radio.

    Thanks again – huge savings.

  6. Manny says:

    Thanks for the help you saved me $600dls I did it according with your Instructions Gracias!!!!

  7. John says:

    What kind/type of resistor did you say to use? The video was too blurry/ out of focus where you showed the package.

    If I can get the dash panel off, I think you’ve saved me a lot of money.

    Thanks

  8. John says:

    Worked great!!! everything was dead on down to the price for the resisters. The only minor issue is that the original resisters are flush mounted so it took a little work to get the prongs situated, other than that I can’t thank you enough. John

  9. John says:

    Geaorge rocks, with a resister it doesn’t matter which way it goes in, diodes go only one way.

  10. Oilseed says:

    Excellent article! Along with your description here (and the youtube video) I also found another YouTube video showing more details on the dis-assembly of the panels before you remove cluster. Here’s the link for others to see:
    http://youtu.be/yC1JnljnfTY
    I have an 01 Regal with center console (and automatic floor shifter), so getting the panels out of the way was a bit more involved, but not so much so. I ended up using the original resistors, just cleaned them up (removed the black oxide layer with a small fine file) so the solder would adhere. Seemed to work well.
    Fundamentally, the problem is with the original design (from GM), these resistors get TOO HOT during regular use (PCB shows discoloration and original resistors are dark in color). Along with poor, corroded solder, they eventually failed. I wonder why GM didn’t have to recall these? It’s apparent it’s a wife spread failure.
    Again thanks for the post!! :-)

  11. John Chasmar says:

    Thanks for the very informative vid. Odometer works great now. Saved me 500 bucks.

  12. Buzz says:

    That is so cool to have my problem pin-pointed exactly. Another design weakness in this car. The fix worked perfect. The hardest part is removing the trim panel. With the money I saved on the IP, I can buy a new console panel that I damaged in the removal process.

  13. audiodane says:

    Just finished repairing my 2000 Regal LS. Only the upper right four were present on my vehicle. Two were 120ohm, two were 150ohm. Worked great, thanks so much! WONDERFUL instructions.

  14. shawn says:

    Holy odometer! It worked great. When I bought the car, guy told me it had 180,000 miles on it. Smart guy had it kilometers last time it was working because it said 184,000 km but, I switched it over to miles and that equals 114,000. Pretty big difference. Thanks for the article. HUGE HELP. I had everything but the resistors. Ended up costing me two dollars and some change. NICE!

  15. ivan says:

    work perfect , thanks you save me a lot of time

  16. mark says:

    im airplane mech & auto 4 18yrs your the bomb dud thanks a lot my motherinlaw loves me & u

  17. Br says:

    Can anyone give me a part number? Please help I have it all apart and 4 are missing! I was just going to re-solder them on but cant with them missing!

  18. jsasadmin says:

    Br,
    If you don’t have an original resistor to reference you very well may have differences in the numbers on the display. That being said normally 120-150 ohm resistors seem to be pretty standard at least from all the ones I have replaced.
    As far as a part number
    radio shack:
    150 ohm 1/2W 5% Carbon Film Resistor pk/5
    Model: 271-1109 | Catalog #: 271-1109
    If you have any more questions please let me know
    Thanks
    -Justin

  19. Larry says:

    Did the repair on my 2000 Buick Century today. The hardest part was getting the dash pad off and on. Cost me $1.27.
    Thank you.

  20. jsasadmin says:

    Glad it worked for you!

  21. mhc says:

    You mentioned that you have an answer of how to fix a gas guage problem on an 01 regal gs but I did not see in this thread.. Can you make any suggestions. I do appreciate it.

  22. Luke Smith says:

    I recently bought a 200 Buick Regal GS…the odometer is not showing a reading … is there a way to get the milage of the vehicle without the display?I will greatly appreciate your take on this dilema. thanx Luke

  23. jsasadmin says:

    In short there is no real easy solution that I know of for you get the mileage of the odometer without fixing the problem.

  24. Tom Skwaryk says:

    Just changed out the resistors and it worked great. It took me about an hour(most of the time was tearing apart and putting back together my dashboard.) It cost me about $13 bucks but $11 of that was for a soldering iron at Radio Shack. All in all worked great and now I can get my car inspected without speading a ton of money.

    Thanks!

  25. Car Neophyte says:

    Just wanted to add my thanks, I resolded my resistors on my 200 Buick Regal and now have the odometer back and gas gauge working again.

    Many thanks!

  26. jsasadmin says:

    Thanks for commenting! Glad it’s working good for you.

  27. Scott Coss says:

    Hey. I just did this on my 2000 Buick Regal and it didn’t fix. My odometer and radio display are still out. If I turn off the car and pull out the dimmer switch and push it back in, my radio display turns on. This seems weird. Need help. Thanks.

  28. Mark Crinage says:

    The best $20.00 I’ve ever spent! Worked like a charm and took an hour start to finish. Thank you!!

  29. Sherry says:

    Just followed your video to replace resistors. My odometer/trip light finally went out after being dim for some time. I have 171400 miles plus on a 1999 Buick Regal GS. Followed another video to get the cluster out, and it wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be. Used your recommendation to go to Radio Shack. They had everything there I needed. Cost was $12.50. Thank you!

  30. Sherry says:

    Forgot to say that dealer wanted $500 to fix by replacing the whole cluster :(

  31. Paul says:

    Fantastic: you are the man! hard cost – $1.69 (including tax!) and three hours of my time…including driving to Radio Shack. Can’t thank you enough!

  32. Steve says:

    so I fixed the odometer. my gas gauge is still messed up. before taking out the cluster I replaced the sending unit because of a code. now the gauge reads e and empty light. when I fill it up its still on e but it will move up just enough so the empty light goes off. does anyone know where the problem is or what resistor exactly goes to the fuel gauge? plz help. 2002 buick regal ls. thx

  33. Ernie says:

    just did the fix, and it worked like a charm. all 4 came off as soon as I pressed on them. do yourself a favor and take the Part #listed to radio shack
    they had no idea what I was talking about. I deal with a cluster company thru work and they wanted $200 calibrate and repair the cluster. thanks for the tips

  34. jsasadmin says:

    Awesome, Glad it worked for you.

  35. rroberts says:

    Is this same fix for fuel gauge?

  36. SteveG says:

    This fixed my issue. Thanks so much. It cost me about $15 since I had to buy a soldering iron and solder. I did burn myself a few times since I had never soldered before. But, it was definitely worth it since it save me at least $500. Thanks again.

  37. jsasadmin says:

    I am really glad it helped you with your repair!

  38. Marshall says:

    Thank you that was next damn goooood advice I have gotten it fricking works THANK YOU

  39. thegriswalds says:

    Worked perfectly! 1.49 and the rest was history. All but 1 resistor was actually present: the rest were long gone. Installed the 4 on the upper right, and all is well at wallyworld!

  40. jsasadmin says:

    Nothing like saving a couple hundred and doing it yourself

  41. EddyR says:

    This is the very same problem my wife was having with her 2000 Buick Regal. The odometer lights were dead and she could not verify mileage between oil changes. Spoke with a mechanic and the dash pod would be $800 and the installation another $400.

    I took the part number to Radio Shack and paid $1.61 for the resistors which included the tax. I took the dash apart using another You Tube video (Hint: there are 2 screws that must be removed on the far right hand side of the dash to disassemble; one at the fuse box and one directly below the fuse box at the knee fascia directly above the kick fascia. Then the entire dash can be pulled open at the spring clips).

    I removed the dash pod, opened it up and 3 of the 4 GM resistors had already fallen off the circuit board. I followed your instructions as I already have soldering irons, flux and solder. I had never soldered on a circuit board before and was nervous to do so; but it was easy!. I bent and trimmed the wires on the new resistors to correspond to the solder connection locations, held them in place with a needle nose pliers and applied the heat. The resistors laid down nice and tight.

    After soldering, I simply reversed the dis-assembly process to reassemble the instrument pod, plugged it back in and put the dash back together being careful to line up all the spring clips and to not strip out any screws. I turned the key on and it freakin’ WORKED!!!

    Now to my point! You saved me over $1,200.00 and all I spent was $1.61! YOU ARE THE MAN!!!! Thank you for an excellent repair video!!!!

  42. jsasadmin says:

    Thanks for the feedback. I am really happy that you fixed it.
    I know how good it feels to save a bunch of money and have the since of accomplishment of doing it yourself.
    Also very good point on the 2 screws!

  43. DawnB says:

    My son’s odometer hasn’t worked for 2 years. If I replace the resistors, will the correct mileage show up, or will it show what it was when the odometer broke? Thanks!!!

  44. CarlS says:

    I replaced the resistors as described. worked for the first day, next day Cluster doesn’t work at all except for the Service Engine Light. Checked fuse, ok. Took apart again, found 2 diodes that are next to each other had melted themselves of the board. Any ideas????

  45. Manny Quinn says:

    Hello to all. Had odometer and PRNDL display go out on Regal LS, replaced resistors and now speedo is acting funny…at first connect all systems go. key turned off, speedo and tach needles not in 0 position. Did not notice until panels reinstalled but turned key on and all went to normal. Test drove to ensure odometer was working-all A-ok. Ran an errand this morning (work done last evening) and on the way back speedo *at some point* ended up on the under side of the post. Am I the only one? Also, Radio Shack did not have 1/4w but did have 1/8w. 150ohmsX4=37.5 which I believe is what to aim for(and tested out as such)…wattage on the other hand is mystery for me. In discussion with an electronics guy, 1/8X4=1/2w total allowing for more current or heat capacity. Using that math, 1/4wX4=1w. COULD the speedo be affected by less wattage?

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