i am so pissed at my car right now!!!
ever since i bought my car the cluster only works intermittently. the speedo, tach, turn signals and idiot lights always work, but the guages, DIC, and compass only work maybe half the time. what really pisses me off is that mileage doesn't count on the odometer when the DIC isn't on, and the trip odometer resets. this is a big problem for me since i deliver pizza in this car and get paid by the mile.
the only thing i have found that 'works' is hitting the top of the dash or the instrument cluster lens. that sometimes makes it turn on. the cluster seems to be losing power or a bad ground.
so today i went to the local salvage yard and bought another instrument cluster from a supercharged '93 Bonneville SE. it has the boost gauge which i didn't really want and obviously don't need, but it was the only one i could find that was similar to mine. the compass isn't auto-calibrating either but that'* not a big deal as long as it works.
well it doesn't work. it seems to have the same problem as my cluster, only more so. i had to squeeze the cluster around the DIC area just to get it to light up and turn the gauges on. so i gave up on that and put my original cluster back in
is there any place at all that fixes these clusters? i don't dare buy another used one as i'm afraid it will have the same problem. on the other hand i'm sure new ones are $$$. is this a common problem and maybe something i could fix myself? the problem is definately in the cluster itself (both of them).
any help greatly appreciated!!! right now i just want to pay off the car and unload it ASAP but that won't happen for another year or so.