Solution to the speedometer problems
Marty

Columbus, OH

#21 May 15, 2007
Anthony wrote:
I own a 2004 Tahoe. At about 70,000 mi. The speedometer was acting crazy. The manufacturer would not help me. They said there were many complaints about this but there was NO recall!
They tried to sell me a new insterment cluster for 600 bucks. I bought an aftermarket one for 300, and installed it myself. It was very easy to do. Just pop off the face trim plate, unscrew 4 screws, unplug the old unit, and replace it with the new one! It only took 20 min. I bought my insterment cluster at JP Customs.
In replacing the cluster will it reset the odometer or will the computer maintain the mileage after you unplug the old and add the new one?

Judged:

245

116

Reply »
Report Abuse Judge it!
rod

United States

#22 May 18, 2007
HEY, GREAT NEWS, FOUND THIS GUY ON EBAY, HIS EBAY NAME IS "mandigital" AND HE REPAIRED MY 04 TAHOE SPEEDOMETER AND SHIPPED IT BACK THE SAME DAY, HE REPALCED ALL THE STEPPER MOTORS AND BULBS FOR $148.00 AND A 5 YEAR WARRANTY,,,,ALOT BETTER WARRANTY THAN GM WILL GIVE YOU.... HE LIVES IN MINNESOTA... THIS IS ThE MAN TO DEAL WITH, ALSO HIS EMAIL ADDRESS IS digitalguy_1@charter.net..., i gave up with GM, Foreign here i come...
don at okc

United States

#23 May 22, 2007
i have 04 gmc with bad speedometer called 3 different dealers they wanted 500.00 to fix this is crazy gm has quite a problem why don't recall this item,if gm is all about quality service,nowonder people are jumping ship. the dealers told me that it was a big problem and gm not going to do anything unless are made too.
question

United States

#24 May 27, 2007
Steve wrote:
My wife's '03 Suburban started having the same speedo problems. In fact, just went to 120+ mph on Thursday. Ordered 3 stepper motors from the Ebay guy and installed them this morning (tach, speedo, alt.). Took less than an hour, works great, and only cost $52.00 w/ shipping. Sure beats paying the dealer $500.
I have the same problem and I have taken out the cluster but dont know how to take the needles off to remove the face plate .. Also do the steppers just plug in or do you have to do any electrical work to them.
thanks,
Sonny
rich

United States

#25 May 29, 2007
If you purchase the stepper motors they come with instructions .turn the needle to the left until its stops put a piece of tape under to mark it I drew a line on the tape under the needle to be exact, after it is marked turn past the point until you feel the needle break the bond on the shaft now use a dinner fork to pry it up while turning it left and right,I put a napkin under the fork to prevent scratching of the face,once all the needles are off unclip snaps and unsolder the gauge your replacing. Put new gauge in solder and snap cluster together,push needles on and turn to your left (counterclockwise),until right above your mark and your done.When turning the gauge you will feel resistance,this is because your turning the needle not the actual gears
Cathy

United States

#26 May 31, 2007
I have a 2007 Monte Carlo. My speedometer goes crazy. After it passes the 120 mark, I can reset it by starting my car over and over. It goes back with each new start. This lasts for awhile then it goes crazy again.(at closer intervals each time) Today my RPM indtrument went crazy as well.(read as low as possible)
What's happening. Any suggestions?
jet

AOL

#27 Jun 2, 2007
everybody needs to try the suggestion from hrtndixie. my 03 z71 had the problem and i looked for a fuse that belonged to the instrument cluster. (LEBC 50 amp in my case) its under the hood. pulled it, started the engine, shut off the engine, replaced the fuse. The speedo started working as soon as I started back up. Only a couple of days ago so not tested good. may save you some bucks
Seth

United States

#28 Jun 7, 2007
jet wrote:
everybody needs to try the suggestion from hrtndixie. my 03 z71 had the problem and i looked for a fuse that belonged to the instrument cluster.(LEBC 50 amp in my case) its under the hood. pulled it, started the engine, shut off the engine, replaced the fuse. The speedo started working as soon as I started back up. Only a couple of days ago so not tested good. may save you some bucks
It does work which is why I posted in the first place....granted you may have to do it once a week or once a month but until GM decides to recall im not paying the for a f**k'n new cluster
rocky226

Jefferson City, MO

#29 Jun 15, 2007
I have a 2004 Chevy Silverado. The speedometer is acting funny at a total stop it reads 30 mph. I can disconnect my negative ground cable and everything resets so far it will read fine for a few days then I start over. Do you guys think GM will recall the cluster?
Edd

Aptos, CA

#30 Aug 11, 2007
rich wrote:
If you purchase the stepper motors they come with instructions .turn the needle to the left until its stops put a piece of tape under to mark it I drew a line on the tape under the needle to be exact, after it is marked turn past the point until you feel the needle break the bond on the shaft now use a dinner fork to pry it up while turning it left and right,I put a napkin under the fork to prevent scratching of the face,once all the needles are off unclip snaps and unsolder the gauge your replacing. Put new gauge in solder and snap cluster together,push needles on and turn to your left (counterclockwise),until right above your mark and your done.When turning the gauge you will feel resistance,this is because your turning the needle not the actual gears
Rich Can you give more detail on how difficult the soldering is? Also, I read the new stepper motors need to be synchronized with the vechicle, how did you do that?
4tahoehouston

Houston, TX

#31 Aug 26, 2007
seth wrote:
quick fix for speedo problem...pull dic (driver instrument cluster) fuse. Start truck. turn off truck, put fuse back in and start truck...seems to work every time...
but still this is bogus...
I did the same and it is a terrible fix considering I paid 40k for the SUV of my dreams. I waited 10 years to afford this truck and it has been one issue after another...
Jeff

San Jose, CA

#33 Sep 2, 2007
i have a 2004 GMC sierra with the spedometer at 90...i guess it thought 90 was 0 but i just took it apart and moved the needle back down to 0 didnt take very long to do
joe

United States

#35 Sep 11, 2007
HEY, GREAT NEWS, FOUND THIS GUY ON EBAY, HIS EBAY NAME IS "mandigital" AND HE REPAIRED MY 04 TAHOE SPEEDOMETER AND SHIPPED IT BACK THE SAME DAY, HE REPALCED ALL THE STEPPER MOTORS AND BULBS FOR $148.00 AND A 5 YEAR WARRANTY,,,,ALOT BETTER WARRANTY THAN GM WILL GIVE YOU.... HE LIVES IN MINNESOTA... THIS IS ThE MAN TO DEAL WITH, ALSO HIS EMAIL ADDRESS IS digitalguy_1@charter.net..., i gave up with GM, Foreign here i come...
Nick

Youngstown, FL

#36 Sep 13, 2007
Seth, you are a genius. Deep gratitude, and may you be eternally blessed ...
seth wrote:
quick fix for speedo problem...pull dic (driver instrument cluster) fuse. Start truck. turn off truck, put fuse back in and start truck...seems to work every time...
but still this is bogus...
GMC Guy

Nashville, TN

#37 Sep 21, 2007
Hey Everyone. This pull the fuse.. start the car.. repalce the fuse.. turn car to "on" (w/o starting it) WORKS! The stepper motor loses it start position somehow and dong this resets it. Now obviously it isn't "fixed".. but ever been to the doctor and he gives you a prescirption regimen to follow to "fix" the issue? Same deal. Not cured... but we feel better and it beats surgery...chemo or some other invasive treatment. I figure it takes 2-3 mins to do this little trick and at $200-600 (depending on the fix you go for) I've got about another 80-100 times of "tricking" my speedo before I get too crazy and fork over my HARD earned ca$h. Good luck. Screw GM! Toyota/Honda here I come!
Steve Wayne

San Antonio, TX

#38 Oct 23, 2007
Ok here's the deal GM will replace your instrument panel cluster for free if you have under 70,000 miles. If you already had it fixed, they will reimburse you.(so they say) This notice was mailed to me yesterday 10/22/07.
Too bad for me, mine went out at 80,000 and I have 116,000 now. Guess I'm SOL. Maybe I'll go back to Toyota.
American Made

Memphis, TN

#39 Oct 29, 2007
I just started having a prob with speedo - I love my suburban, this is a minor hiccup. I personally WOULD NEVER buy foreign, I prefer keeping Americans working. If you think it's high to repair domestic, wait till you have to have something fixed on a foreign one.
Ba Jackson

Denver, CO

#40 Oct 31, 2007
First of all, I thank you all for the discussion. Without this thread I would be no where, but out $551. Today, I went to the dealer and also called GM. Bottom line, they diagnosed the problem, as specified in the "Bulletin" recently released, but since my truck has 71,600 miles on it, I will have to pay $50, in addition to losing my truck for 4 days. There's also a lawsuit with far reaching remifications.(I'm peeved. I should never had to lose a dime over this factory defect.)Car dealers and automakers should be forced to be more even-handed in paying toward their customers' financial injuries.
http://news.windingroad.com/governmentlegal/g ...
Brian

Milwaukee, WI

#41 Nov 1, 2007
My speedometer seems to have the opposite of everyone elses. It goes to zero not 120 and turning the vehicle off and restarting it reset's it almost every time. The problem is intermitant...sometimes it happens every day other time I can go for two or three days without it occuring. The cluster has been replaced, the speed sensor has been replaced and even some wiring has been replace. Nothing stops it. Anyone else experienced this after replacing the cluster? Discovered a fix?
Don Belhaven NC

Belhaven, NC

#42 Nov 3, 2007
My 2003 TAhoe has approx. 90000 miles and yes, I'm SOL also. Who'd of thought I'd pay almost $50,000 for a vehicle that falls apart in less than 100,000 miles. I will not buy Chevy again. I replaced my fuel pump a couple months ago at almost $500. The steering shaft has always given me problems in this vehicle.
We may want to call the Attorney General and Better Business Bureau, as this is a safety concern. How many people received speeding tickets, unaware they were speeding.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Chevrolet Tahoe Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
Cracked dashboard 7 hr Jharv 1
Acceleration Aug '18 Pedro 1
Seats Jun '18 Mr Paige 1
Will not stay running Jun '18 chull 2
Front end thump May '18 Man1 1
2003 Tahoe.power steering problem (Jun '07) Apr '18 Junkyard Dog 107
central utlity box Apr '18 keith00tahoe 1