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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
170,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. re-solder wires (1 reports)
1999 Chevrolet Silverado accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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1999 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 142010

Silverado LS 5.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles


Had a continuous issue with a flickering instrument panel. Involved intermittent operation of nearly every indication except oil pressure and battery level. It is a common that over time the vibration, heat and flexing of the dash panels will put a strain on even the electrical connections inside the instrument cluster.

Basically if you are handy with electronics and have soldering experience you will be able to easily fix this issue. Cracked solder joints are extremely common in automotive components due to stress and heat (obviously).

If you disassemble the instrument cluster (do not remove the needles or face panel) you'll be able to see all of the problem areas (or maybe not). Typically the bad solder joints will be obvious due to arc tracing on the cracked joints. I found all of mine were on the bridge between the power board and the main board but I also re-soldered all of the indicator connecting points as well.... You be the judge but this will fix the issue.

In the extremely rare event that one of your indicators still does not work you will be pleased to find the components are available for about $30 bucks a piece or get an old cluster and cannibalize them. - Good luck calibrating the needles.

- , Fort Wayne, IN, USA

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