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Old 03-20-2006, 03:41 AM   #11
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Well in the DIC equipped cars the odometer is contained within the lamp moniter right? And if i remember right (but i'm often wrong) that'* on a separate replaceable board from the main cluster? Could you just take the two clusters out and swap the board from the higher mileage one to the lower mileage one? Obviously you would have to check the connections because of your flickering display, which then in turn would make you have no need to swap clusters...

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Well in the DIC equipped cars the odometer is contained within the lamp moniter right? And if i remember right (but i'm often wrong) that'* on a separate replaceable board from the main cluster? Could you just take the two clusters out and swap the board from the higher mileage one to the lower mileage one? Obviously you would have to check the connections because of your flickering display, which then in turn would make you have no need to swap clusters...

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It'* analog and you can remove it as a unit. My only concern was the ability to roll the mileage UP.

Here is what was the cause of the broken odometer

The little plastic gear broke


Here is the piece that broke off
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You mean it'* not digital in the older ones? My bad...
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just replace the gear then????
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First you gotta find the gear. Besides I played around with the mileage wheels so much that I doubt it will be very accurate anymore, lol. I just couldn't leave it alone, had to see the fine details of how it worked. Especially since I knew I was not going to use it anymore.
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That damn gear is a real problem. In my experience, they last around 100K miles and then crack which makes the odometer erratic or inoperable. I've repaired them and reset odometers to match the car. When you put them together, it helps to have a sleeve with a slot cut down the side just big enough for the wheels to fit in (the slot is for the kicker gear). Otherwise it'* almost impossible to keep the parts in order.

The gears can be repaired with epoxy with some little success, but they will crack again. It'* better to find one from a donor car, but it too, will crack in the future.

The next time that happens I'll probably just make up a new gear out of brass.
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That damn gear is a real problem. In my experience, they last around 100K miles and then crack which makes the odometer erratic or inoperable. I've repaired them and reset odometers to match the car. When you put them together, it helps to have a sleeve with a slot cut down the side just big enough for the wheels to fit in (the slot is for the kicker gear). Otherwise it'* almost impossible to keep the parts in order.

The gears can be repaired with epoxy with some little success, but they will crack again. It'* better to find one from a donor car, but it too, will crack in the future.

The next time that happens I'll probably just make up a new gear out of brass.
How hard would it be to make that gear and what would it cost?

My trip is dead on my 91 LE

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It wouldn't be a big deal to make some, but I have no shop time available right now. Once the setup is done, I'd crank out a couple dozen and offer them for around $10. If there'* interest in 10 of them, I'll see if I can get some time free. That would at least cover the cost of the tooling.
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So does anyone have a gauge cluster for a '91 SSE? I've got the same issue (inoperable odo) and am looking still to get it fixed. Otherwise I can open up the dash and see if it'* the gear thats causing the issue.
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