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I've got an 06 silverado with 43K miles and the bulb for the fuel gage in the instrument cluster just went out. the other bulbs still provide enough light to see the gage, but its just annoying. Today i got the instrument cluster out of the dash and took the back cover off to acess the circuit board. I thought i would be able to gain acess to the bulb this way but couldn't. I also tried to take the front face off but i could get it off.

Does anyone know how to get acess to the bulbs so i can change it? Thanks.
 

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AS a dealer, I can't order anything other than a cluster complete...period....


Maybe an electronics shop can help, then you can resolder one in there...otherwise it's cluster time I'm afarid
 

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I was hoping you wouldn't say that... How muh would one cost?

I have the Haynes manual and they showed you could take the bulbs out, but it must have been an earlier version. My brother's 2003 has the same problem but it's like half the dash and they told him the same thing you just told me...

I guess I'll just deal with it... Thanks for the help, as always.
 

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06 not under warranty?
Check Flea-bay...........Have seen rebuilt clusters for around $175.
I would guess the same, that should be covered under warranty.
He has 43k on the truck so he is over the 3yr/36k mark and the 5yr/100k only covers the powertrain. But I agree with GMCSonoma, this should be a goodwill case by his dealer.
 

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I tried to good will my leaky axel seal at 40K miles and two dealers told me no way no how, so I don't see them giving me a new cluster. Thanks for the help guys.
 

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I was looking to replace my cluster bulbs with LED lights. I found this website with replacement bubs. I found out that I can remove the bulb assembly form the back of the cluster but could not remove the bulb out of the assembly but the website has the whole thing. Here is the site.

http://www.superbrightleds.com/cgi-...t=CAR&keywords=&cart_id=6649578.22497&next=50


Hope it can be of some help.

2000 Silverado Z71 Off-road
 

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I was hoping you wouldn't say that... How muh would one cost?

I have the Haynes manual and they showed you could take the bulbs out, but it must have been an earlier version. My brother's 2003 has the same problem but it's like half the dash and they told him the same thing you just told me...

I guess I'll just deal with it... Thanks for the help, as always.
sad thing about haynes is they dont update their books for every year they want to claim they cover... which is the same for Chiltins..(sp)... ive ran into that problem with them and other models..

i was doing work on my dads cluster and some how managed to blow some bulbs in his.. took it apart thinking itd be an easy fix only to run into the same problem you did of the bulbs being hardwired into the board..
 

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they are not servicable unless you send them to the electronic service center, they rebuild the cluster and sell them as remanufactured units.

what i would do is this.

go to your dealer, tell them that your speedometer is messing up, or that the tach is sticking, or something along those lines. example, my speedometer sticks at 60 mph, or it says that im doing 100 mph when im going like 30 mph. etc...

they will normally fix it under warranty, because GM has issues with the clusters on the trucks. most techs, just say ok, pull the part # then order a new one.

make sure you tell them the speedometer isnt working right, because if you tell them the light is burned out, they will say, im sorry that will be 400 dollars sir. thank you have a nice day.

this conversation never happened, nor did i post this. cough... cough.....:rolleyes::lmao:
 

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There is a place at a forum called the dieselplace where a guy took apart his truck dash and he soldered new bulbs in. The lights can be had at Radio shack or The Source. The tricky bit is just heating enough to pop the old bulb off, nothing else.\

Do a search at that website. You have 95% of the work done by getting the dash out. The cabs are the same on the 1500 or the 2500's, dashes are different config in the diesels, but same method of construction.
 

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On my 2002 Saturn I had a Climate Control light burn out on me and it bothered me but the dealr said the GM warranty doesn't cover bulbs. I convinced them the whole unit wasn't working right and they replaced it under warranty. :D
 

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For real? soldered in light bulbs in an instrument cluster? See this in stereos, and they have 10 or 11 bulbs in those, but in a cluster? Better start turning down the brightness.
 

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HAVE A '98 & '04 2500 SILVERADO. DASH BULBS OUT IN BOTH. '98 I THINK HAS TWIST OUT BULBS,NOT SURE ABOUT THE '04.GOT THE SAME RESPONSE FROM MY DEALER.CANT GET A $2.00 BULB,HAVE TO GET A $400. CLUSTER AND ANY OTHER SWITCH (HEATER,HEAD LIGHT.ECT...)TO MAKE THEM WORK.PEOPLE OUT OF WARRENTE ARE NOT GOING FOR THAT!WHAT A SCAM GOVERNMENT MOTORS HAS ON THE PEOPLE.IF YOU ARE TEDEIOUS ENOUGH,TAKING THEM OUT AND MATCHING THEM UP AT RADIO SHACK IS A GOOD IDEA. I'VE BEEN A GENERAL MOTORS FAN AND CUSTOMER MY WHOLE LIFE,BUT QUALITY,LONGEVITY AND SERVICABILIATY HAVE FALLEN OFF A CLIFF SOMEWHERE.ALL OF THIS IS SERVICABLE ON HONDAS AND TOYOTAS,IF YOU HAVE TO DO ANYTHING TO THEM AT ALL,AND PARTS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE DEALER,AND YOU DONT HAVE TO JUMP THROUGH HOOPS TO GET WARR. WORK DONE ON SOMETHING THAT SHOULDNT HAVE GONE BAD ON A NEW CAR TO BEGIN WITH.I AM ON CLUSTER #3 ON THE '04 WITH A BAD SPEDO.WITH 62000 MI. ON IT. MY '69 CHEVELLE STILL HAS THE ORIGINAL,AND IT WORKS PERFECT.WIFES 90 HONDA CRX HAS 304000MI. ALSO WORKING WITH NO BULBS BURNED OUT. NO MORE NEW GM FOR ME. GOOD LUCK ON GETTING SOME LIGHTS,ILL LET YOU KNOW HOW I DO WHEN I DO MINE.:fall:
 

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I just replaced the stepper motors (controls the needles in the cluster) and noticed one of my bulbs was not working also... they are soldered in and not screwed in... getting those bulbs out looked harder than the stepper motors... good luck... i'm sure if you take the cluster to a local electronics store, they could easily fix it
 

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