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Username Post: Setting up gauges on '03 Silverado        (Topic#358837)
Baggs 
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11-17-19 12:18 AM - Post#2780332    

I have to replace the motors for the gauges in my '03 Silverado, and need to know where to place the needles on all the gauges.

Fuel, tach and Speedometer easy enough, but the battery (assume set to 13v?) and temp have me wondering.

Anyone do this that can put me on track?

Thanks



 
junkman104 
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11-17-19 06:00 AM - Post#2780342    
    In response to Baggs

Give this a watch if you never done it before.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIEkHtLAsSo&a mp;t=609s



 
someotherguy 
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11-17-19 06:14 AM - Post#2780345    
    In response to Baggs

There's a "stop" position on each stepper motor; you can move the needle by hand to the far left stop and before you pull the needle off, mark each one on the gauge face with a sliver of painter's tape. Easy. When re-installing them, you can just start the needle sitting on the stepper and then position it before pressing it all the way down.

Did all the steppers and bulbs in my '06 SS a while back because a battery change killed the fuel gauge stepper.



Richard

06 Silverado ISS / 06 Silverado SS / 06 300C SRT8


 
Keith Seymore 
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11-18-19 10:07 AM - Post#2780434    
    In response to someotherguy

  • someotherguy Said:
There's a "stop" position on each stepper motor; you can move the needle by hand to the far left stop and before you pull the needle off, mark each one on the gauge face with a sliver of painter's tape. Easy. When re-installing them, you can just start the needle sitting on the stepper and then position it before pressing it all the way down.

Did all the steppers and bulbs in my '06 SS a while back because a battery change killed the fuel gauge stepper.

Richard



How does one know when the steppers need to be replaced?

Richard - what was the presenting symptom when your fuel gage went? Was it oscillating, or just dead?

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Edited by Keith Seymore on 11-18-19 10:08 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
someotherguy 
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11-18-19 11:04 AM - Post#2780435    
    In response to Keith Seymore

They tend to fail individually over time, from what I've seen.

In my case, the cluster was fine until I replaced the battery and a corroded cable. The new cable had a thicker boot and I had trouble getting the bolt started. A few arcs at the battery seemed to do the fuel gauge in. It would rest at the wrong position (around half tank) with key off; with key on it would go way past full and stay there. The sender was clearly still working fine as the "range" number in the DIC continued to behave normally.

The steppers are all the same part # so any of them in the cluster are subject to failure. Several vendors sell kits to replace them as well as the bulbs that are soldered to the cluster. I got mine from Tanin Auto Electronics. I knocked out all the steering wheel control bulbs and climate control bulbs while I was at it.



If you can solder on electronics with any reasonable level of skill, it's not a difficult job. Or, you can farm it out to someone like Dr. Speedometer, GM Gauge Guy, or similar.

Apparently a while back GM admitted there were widespread failures and extended the cluster warranty to 7/70 which of course all the trucks in this era are past this age by now.

Richard

06 Silverado ISS / 06 Silverado SS / 06 300C SRT8


 
Baggs 
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11-19-19 08:29 AM - Post#2780508    
    In response to someotherguy

Mine all started going one by one as well, Took about a year for them all to go south.



 
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