1998 Pontiac Sunbird Digital Odometer display is off

Tiny
CEEJAY102
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  • 1998 PONTIAC SUNBIRD
  • 125,000 MILES
The only two items in this 'affordable" car that are digital are the odometer and the radio station/time display. Both have stopped working. I believe I've checked all the fuses it could be and I will soon need to renew the plates and do an E-test, so I rely need to see the mileage.
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Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 AT 9:23 AM

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Tiny
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I didn't see a 98 sunbird in our database? Did you mean a sunfire? Will the vehicle inspection fail your car because the odometer doesn't work? The state I live in doesn't do vehicle inspections.
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Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 AT 12:08 PM
Tiny
CEEJAY102
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Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. (Couldn't get into my account!)
You are correct, it is a Sunfire not Sunbird (blonde moment)
Unfortunately, the Ontario governments way of getting more $ from us is to force us to do these every other year. No pass, no new plate sticker! It doesn't matter if the car is 1, 2 or 50 yrs old.
I will certainly need the odometer reading for the E-test and to get the new sticker.
I hope you can help me, I'm afraid of what a Dealership will gouge me to fix this and even if I can't do it myself, it's better to be prepared if I DO have to bring it in and not be viewed as an easy mark.
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Thursday, September 26th, 2013 AT 8:18 AM
Tiny
JDL
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If the radio display won't work, check the fuses in the diagram. Not only check the fuse, check for voltage on the fuse circuit. Use a test light. One fuse is hot all the time, the other goes hot with the key on.

As far as the odometer, Without being able to pull the instrument cluster, I don't know? You could get a rebuilt instrument cluster or used instrument cluster. I don't have much luck with used anything.
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Thursday, September 26th, 2013 AT 10:00 AM

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