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THE DASHBOARD WHERE WOULD THE FUSE BE FOR THE GAUGES ON THE DASH BOARD THEY ALL JUST STOP WORKING

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  • Anonymous Jul 25, 2008

    I have the same problem. Apparently in the grand am there are problems with the instrument cluster. You need to replace it. I did this and all the guages woorked properly. The problem with that is, I purchased one from a salvage yard and after replacing it the car didn't recognize the cluster and sent it into theft mode. This is where the computer shut off the fuel and wouldn't allow the car to run. I was told that the only way to fix the problem was to take the car to the dealer and have them reprogram the computer. Cost -- About $150. Once I reinstalled the old cluster the car then ran again proving this point. I am not sure if there is another way to make the computer think all is well soooo. thats all I know so far

  • jennabellblu Aug 04, 2008

    Is there anyother way to get past the theft mode without reprograming the computer?

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I am having the same problem as we speak with my 98 Grand Am. I purchased a Instrument Cluster from a salvageyard and it send it into 'Theft Mode'. My local garage said they are going to try and do this to it...they heard through the grapevine that it would work...I guess we will see.


  1. Replace old IC
  2. Turn key over and then turn it back immediately
  3. leave key in the 'on' position (with lights and such showing) and wait for 10 minutes
  4. Turn key to 'off' position for :30
  5. Should reprogram itself at this point and work
Like I said ...they are doing this as we speak, so hopefully it will work and I can report back to you shortly that I saved myself $200 not having to have the GM garage reprogram it!!

Posted on Aug 29, 2008

  • theporters4 Sep 01, 2008

    It did work!!! Follow the steps above and you can reset your new instrument cluster without a high price trip to the local GM garage.

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