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Odometer Light Hi, I own a 2001 Chevy Cavalier 2.2, 4 cyl. only 50,000 miles. Recently, my odometer light (a bright orange) ceased to function. I show no burnt fuses. So I'm thinking the light is controlled by another source. I'd appreciate any advice on how to re activate the light. If I look closely enough (when the car is parked, and I place my head against the steering wheel, I can just barely make out the digits) Otherwise, the little indicator window is black. Thanks for your help! Sincerely, Steve Hall s.vzesteve3@verizon.net .

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  • Antoniolo Oct 21, 2008

    Flickering and dimming of my odometer is killing me. 01 Cavalier with 47,000 miles.

  • Anonymous Nov 12, 2008

    Same exact thing.

  • Anonymous Nov 18, 2008

    Same problem 2000 cavalier 2.2L, 168K Odometer Light problem. Any ideas,
    Thanks a ton

  • jubeo Nov 19, 2008

    Same Exact Problem 125k, 2000 2.2L

  • strekal Dec 04, 2008

    Same problem for Chevrolet Cavalier 2000

  • Anonymous Jan 23, 2009

    same problem

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    same thing

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I just replaced the bulb in mine, it's a real PITA. You have to take off the top dash pad, remove the instrument cluster, completely disassemble it (and I mean completely: right down to the circuit board, including removing the gauge needles). The bulb is also soldered directly to the circuit board, so you have to remove it and re-solder a replacement. In the end I don't think it's worth it: the Cavalier gauges are very fragile and since I re-assembled everything, the speedometer doesn't work any more (the motors that drive the needles seem to be very delicate), so I'm out to get a new instrument cluster. IHMO it's a very poor design by GM: if they're going to use incandescent bulbs that burn out, they should have made them more easily replacable.

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If it's only the light(s) behind the odo, it's likely just the bulb(s), I'm unsure if it's replaceable, due to the odo being digital/lcd, but hopefully it is

Posted on Feb 10, 2010

  • CavGai Mar 16, 2010

    @neurofluid: that's pretty much what I meant by not replaceable :P

    and by chance if you still need an instrument cluster I've got a spare (does not have a tachometer) you can have for the cost of shipping :P (original one that came from my 01 cav)

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