How to Repair Instrument Cluster for 2003-2006 Chevy Silverado

This instruction will show you guide on how to repair instrument cluster if your PRNDL indicator is not reading in a 5.3L Chevrolet Silverado(model years 2003-2006 classic). Fix may also apply to the following vehicles:

1999 – 2002 GMC Sierra

2002 – 2002 Cadillac Escalade

2000 – 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe

2000 – 2002 GMC Yukon

2000 – 2002 Chevrolet Suburban

2001 – 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche

2003 – 2007 Silverado Classic

2003 – 2007 Sierra Classic


The tool you’ll need:

Socket wrench

7mm(9/32) socket

Socket extension

Soldering iron

Wheel chocks



Setting the steering wheel and gearshift as low as it can go


Pry out the panel


Use a 7mm socket to remove all the bolts


Put the gearshift back as low as it’ll go, then pull the instrument cluster out


Squeeze in on the gray connector on the cluster backside


We need to take the instrument cluster apart and then have a loot at the board, first ply up on all clips


Push on these two tabs with a screwdriver and then pull up


Remove the gauge needles


These resistors here are the most likely culprits small cracks might develop where the resistor is soldered to the board. This can cause intermittent display issues or the display might fail completely


This is a close-up of the solder joint under a microscope. You don’t need anything like this for the repair, this is just kind of to give you a good idea of what exactly is going on you can see at the bottom of this resistor there’s a small crack running horizontally as the resistor pries up or down. This can make or break contact causing the display to come on and off.


To play it safe, we’ll going to resolder each resistor.

Using your soldering iron melt the existing solder then add a dab of new stuff as well. Do it for each resistor.


Reassemble the instrument cluster on the front half


Reinstall the gauge needles on the steeper motors, make sure the needles can’t rotate counter clockwise beyond the zero position for each gauge, then snap on the back half of the instrument panel


That’s it for the repair, head back to the truck and test it if it worked.


Repairing is perfect.







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