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ramey36
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Posts 11
01-22-23 02:13 PM - Post#2853620    

My 2003 Suburban had electrical trouble with the instrument cluster.

I found a really nice 2004 truck cluster with an additional temp gauge.

Can I use the cluster and just let the gauge unused ?

Thx

Ramey

Ramey Womer

2005 Silverado

UMI Performance - Engineer

DenaliXL
Contributor
Posts 181
01-22-23 03:13 PM - Post#2853623    

If the additional gauge is the trans temp gauge, Iím under the impression that if you use that dash the trans temp gauge would actually work in your truck.

Depending on the issue, there used to be, and probably still are, a ton of companies that you could mail your gauge cluster to for inexpensive repair and updates to better stepper motors etc.
ramey36
Newbie
Posts 11
01-22-23 04:53 PM - Post#2853628    

Thanks for the reply.

Any idea if it would fry anything or
just simply not work (the trans temp
gauge)? I donít mind if if doesnít work,
I just donít want to smoke it.
Ramey Womer

2005 Silverado

UMI Performance - Engineer

DenaliXL
Contributor
Posts 181
01-22-23 08:18 PM - Post#2853630    

My understanding is that it will actually work as the trucks without the trans gauge have the sensor and wiring already installed just not the gauge.

A number of years ago, cluster rebuilds were like $60-80 but Iím sure itís more now.
ramey36
Newbie
Posts 11
01-23-23 06:49 AM - Post#2853637    

Awesome. Thanks again. We'll give it a try.

ramey
Ramey Womer

2005 Silverado

UMI Performance - Engineer

jktucker92
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Posts 575
jktucker92
01-28-23 11:07 AM - Post#2853840    

I can confirm that if you plug it in, the trans temp gage will work fine. I did this my '03 suburban when the original cluster stopped working. One word of caution is that the odometer will now be different. I'm not sure if it matters much to you, but when you sell the vehicle, the odometer change may be a red flag to a potential buyer.
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