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I changed the dash cluster on a 03 Vibe. All works well except the gas gauge. A mech shop said he can not be hook to computer must be calibrated the old fashion way. Can I do this at home? If so how. Thank You for your help Respectfully, Randy

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  • rgreen146 May 22, 2011

    Thanks for the advice.



    This is a 2003 Vibe not 2007.



    Answer to your question, why did I change the cluster.

    My son call me and said all gauges stoped working, I sent him to local mech shop we use quite often. He check the cluster and said it was bad, so I bought a used one and the same Mech installed ( no charge) the gas gauge not working correctly . He said he can't work on it I must take some other mech shop , this is where my question came in. Also the mech said it would be $60 per hr to calibrate the gas gauge/cluster.



    Thanks again

    Randy

  • rgreen146 May 22, 2011

    So You are saiding that a cluster is installed and all should work? No reprograming needed?

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Well hello first of all

I'm kinda confused of what the mechanic told you being ive been a mechanic for 5 years with ford and 3 years with bmw. All that being said you don't calibrate a fuel gage on any type of car.

Some vehicle models gas gages are controlled electronically some with a mechanical float that sends a signal to the ecu to tell the gage were to be. Also what was the reasoning for changing the cluster ?

If the gage worked before hand on car then your new cluster is faulty if you made all the correct connections on the back of cluster. But you need to go to the shop and tell that man that told you that he needs to go back to school as i said i work for ford dealership and there is no such thing as calibrating a fuel gage.

Basically to answer your question no it can be done at home or at a shop because there is nothing to fix its either plugged in correctly and works or the cluster is faulty.

I hate to tell you that more so i hate you were told bs about calibrating a gage that's nonsense

Whoever sold you the cluster needs to replace it if you or whoever hooked it up right it will work a good indication that its faulty is that everything else is working it is most likely shorted out or soldered wrong from manufacture it happens more than you think.

Hey i hope it helps get you going and all sorry for all your trouble and good luck let me know if there is anything else i can do thanks

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  • jamie sturm May 22, 2011

    did you have any ?

  • jamie sturm May 22, 2011

    sorry i ment to put 2003

    But either way the cluster is bad they are not calibrated again he either hooked it up wrong or the cluster is faulty. I hate to be bad news bear if you will but that's all that is there to tell you because newer cars such as yours are plug in play clusters if you will you plug them in and they work they are all computer controlled sensors just tell the pc were to put the gage.

    I really hope this helps if not contact me again sorry for delayed reply my support desk not working correctly

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