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Ford explorer odometer fix

If your odometer will not light up or it comes on and off them you most likely have a cold solder joint and can be fix with basic soldering skills a soldering iron and solder.

Remove your instrument cluster and check the solder joints on the back of the cluster main board. You may have to flex the board to see the cracks in the solder. i have found the main connector soldering joints to be cracked for the display it self. any in question re solder while you are there.

simple cheap fix and not very time consuming at all.

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My 2001 F150 odometer doesn't come on when engine starts. Delays a minute or so then comes on and works fine.


There are some cases of cold solder joints on the cluster causing a blank odometer display.

might be wroth checking, but time consuming and you need to be hand with a soldering iron to repair them.

good thread at F150online on this, with pictures.

http://www.f150online.com/forums/electrical-systems/373597-intermittent-odometer-repair.html

Jul 29, 2011 | 1999 Ford F150 Regular Cab

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MY DIGITAL ODOMETER IN MY 97 BUICK REGAL IS OUT. HOW CAN I REPAIR IT?


You can try an inexpensive fix. Remove the instrument cluster, you should see four resistors in an area of the board that in a 1997 should be cold solder jointed. Re-solder or replace them and it should come right back in. This is a well known problem with older Buick, olds and gm

Mar 28, 2011 | 1997 Buick.5 Regal

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the message center board located on the insturment panel that reads out the compass,mileageandtemp. is just a blank screen


You can take a look at the back of the cluster, where the odometer plugs in for cold solder joints.
I have not been able to find them yet, maybe with a magnifying glass and a good light, you will have better luck than myself.

The odometer plugs into the cluster with edge pins, and this is a place to start looking for the cold solder joints ( 97-03 MY was much easier to find the cold solder joints ).
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Nov 18, 2009 | 2006 Ford F-150

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1999 Fiord F-150 with intermittent odometer lights sometimes the odometer light is on and other times not. Not related to rough roads or weather please help


The digital odometer has some cases of cold solder joints.

If you are good with taking the instrument cluster out, and using a soldering iron, it is somewhat time consuming, but can be done in an afternoon.

1. Remove the headlamp switch. There are large metal clips holding it in.
2. Remove the plastic U shaped cover over the steering wheel. Spring clips hold it down, I find the 99-03 MY easiest to remove the knee panel first.
3. the plastic trim around the instrument cluster. There are blots & spring clips holding it in ( 1 is behind the headlamp switch panel removed ).
At this point the instrument cluster bolts should be visible. Use a towel over the steering wheel column, and remove the cluster.

Remove the screws holding the metal plate on the back of the cluster.

Looking at the back, there is a multi wire ( ribbon cable) from the odometer gauge to the cluster. Carefully remove the ribbon cable, and you can remove the circuit board from the gauges.
On the back side of the circuit board, where the ribbon cable is attached, you should see some cold solder joints for the pins sticking up. One of these might have cracked, need a magnifying glass to be sure of which one. Heat up a soldering iron, and touch up the cracked solder joint.
Put back together ( up to the metal shield part ) and test. Should have done the trick, else go back checking for more cold solder joints.

This sounds back, but it is not. Just a bit time consuming.

Nov 04, 2009 | 1999 Ford F150 Regular Cab

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