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The panel light that show my mileage dont light up any more

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I have found that this is a VERY common fault with the 1998-2003 Buick Century Instrument Cluster. The portion of the Cluster that shows the Gear selection PRD123 and Odometer (miles driven) is a non-serviceable part, requiring repair by shops that specialize in instrument repair, such as SpecMo in Madison Hts, MI, and a few other mail order shops on the West Coast (see EBay Motors). Price for repair and 1 year warranty ranges from $125 to $200. New part can be as much as $400. And that is if you can safely remove the Cluster from the Dash board, and deliver it for repair. And do this without triggering the Airbag (SIR), while you're tooling around in and under the dash. The procedure for getting the Cluster out, is contained in the Haynes Repair Manual, or get a copy at the Library. Pull the SIR fuse (right side, interior fuse box, end of dash panel), disconnect (and as far as I am concerned, pull the main Car Battery), and then disconnect the one or two YELLOW SIR- PAC connectors, under the dash next to steering wheel and above and behind the Glove Box. Even though the Battery is disconnected and/or removed, the SIR (Airbags) have their own on-board power supplies that could trigger the Airbag devices, if badly bumped or ****. To get to these connectors, before you can get to the Speedo/Cluster, will require that you carefully and completely remove each and every panel from the floor, all the way to the plastic dash. You're going to love taking that glove box out, with that retainer strap, wraped around the pinion. This is not for the faint of heart, or the unprepared, under-tooled weekend-warrior. Care must be taken to avoid triggering these SIR's, or serious bodily injury may occur. But if you get the book, read it twice, get a cup of coffee, and proceed carefully, it can be done. Aside from not knowing your speed, engine temperature, or fuel levels, the car can usually be driven short distances without the Instr Cluster. So fill-up first, and top off the coolant, oil, and other stuff. Repair is about 1-3 days. While the parts are off the dash, that will be a good time to wash and Armor-All everything, clean the Duct-work, change the Cabin AirFilter located at the Windshield, under the Hood/wiper arm panel, and use a good ventilation disinfectant system. You will never have a better opportunity solve those pesky odors, and rattles. Cheers!

Posted on Aug 30, 2010

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