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Odomoter light doesnt light up

Hard to read at night

what the heck is a cluster?

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  • epleshe Jun 23, 2009

    thanks...I think I will just live with it

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Hi,

Your cluster is the group of gauges in your dash. They are usually comprised of your speedometer, tachometer, gas, oil, and possibly others in addition.

There are small light bulbs behind your gauges which light up different parts of the cluster in order to read them. Some newer cars have digital gauges, but if you do not, then you have these bulbs. They sometimes burn out, and depending on your car, can be a real headache to replace. Some car manufacturers simply do a much better job of placing the bulbs in an accessible place than others. A technician or reliable repairman should be utilized in order to replace these bulbs if possible.

Now, that being said, there are some who do not know where the dash light dimmer switch is located in their car. I do not wish to presume that you do not, though, somethimes the culprit is simply that the dash dimmer switch is all the way off. Of course, this is probably not the case with you. I also mention this, because if someone told you to check your cluster "switches" then they may have meant the group of switches that controls your lights. Some refer to them as cluster switches...

I hope I have been at least some help to you.

Mark

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A cluster is the "instrument cluster". The speedo, gas and temp gauges, tachometer etc. The cluster is serviced as a unit only. You cannot get individual components. You would be way better off sending your cluster to the remanufacturer to be rebuilt and sent back to you. Because if you buy a cluster from some place and give your cluster as a "core" and the one you bought is not the right one, you cannot return it for the right one. You will have to buy another one. They are NOT RETURNABLE. Good luck.

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A cluster- what?!
You must mean instrument cluster, which is a term for all the guages, lamps, and other doodads and gadgets in your dashboard. Most are low amps so they are usually all wired to one or 2 fuses. A lamp can go out individually just like any light bulb.

You don't say if it is analog or digital, but I'm guessing analog or you would be saying that your odometer isn't working instead of just not lighting up.
Did you try the dim/bright settings for your instrument panel/overhead cab lamp? The headlamp switch usually can be rolled or rotated (depending on the make & model) to turn the rheostat that acts as a dimmer switch for the instrument panel lamps. If you rotate it too far the instrument lights will be turned off. Sometimes you can feel a bump in the rheostat when it is put into the extremely dim/off position. Just turn on the lights and turn your switch left and right- if a knob. If you have a push on/off lever switch there will be a little wheel near it that is the rheostat so roll that wheel and see if you get your instrument panel lights back.

Posted on Jun 21, 2009

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    I've restored many instrument panels on classics and not so classic vehicles as repairs or restoration including repairs to the hairsprings and movements on the analog needle type speedos. I used to design build calibrate and repair analog and digital instrumentation for aircraft, offshore & oilfield, ships, and power plants. If you can get it out of the dash and get to the lamps you can find the special lamps for your panel and replace them or check wiring for volts (with jumpers) Shoot some tuner cleaner into your "cluster" lamp switch and run it from one end to the other several times- you might get lucky with it and get your panel lamps to come back on. Good Luck!

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