1997 Buick Century odometer

Tiny
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1997 Buick Century Front Wheel Drive

the digital odometer is out. the rest of the panel is mechanical. does the entire panel have to be replaced or is the component it self -the odometer- just be replaced?
I have heard both from mechanics and heard considerably high prices for either job. Any advice here would be appreciated.


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Friday, August 28th, 2009 AT 1:02 PM

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Tiny
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I believe with your problem of it being totally blank the entire cluster needs to be replaced. Though that is not in our manual, if you review the below for these symptoms you will see after different tests it states to replace the cluster.

ODOMETER DOES NOT SWITCH BETWEEN TRIP & SEASON
1. Turn ignition on. If odometer display does not show TRIP, go to next step. If odometer display does show TRIP, disconnect accessory switch panel. If TRIP is not displayed, replace season/trip switch. If TRIP is still displayed, check for short to ground in odometer White wire. If wire is okay, replace instrument cluster.
2. Disconnect accessory switch panel connector. Connect 5-amp fused jumper wire between accessory switch panel connector terminal "C" (White wire) and ground. If odometer display now shows TRIP, check wiring for poor connection and Black ground wire for an open circuit. If circuits are okay, replace season/trip switch. If display does not show TRIP, check wiring for poor connection and White wire for an open circuit. If circuits are okay, repair instrument cluster.
TRIP ODOMETER INOPERATIVE (ALWAYS DISPLAYS ZERO)
1. Disconnect digital speedometer module. Measure resistance between digital speedometer module connector terminal "H" (Light Green wire) and ground. If circuit is open, replace instrument cluster. If circuit is closed, go to next step.
2. Disconnect accessory switch panel. Measure resistance between accessory switch panel connector terminals "D" (Brown wire) and "E" (Brown/White wire). If circuit is open, repair short to ground in Light Green wire. If circuit is closed, replace trip reset switch.
TRIP ODOMETER DOES NOT RESET
Turn ignition on. Set odometer to TRIP. Using fused 5-amp jumper wire momentarily backprobe between accessory switch panel connector terminal "H" (Light Green wire) and ground. If trip odometer display resets to zero, check wiring for poor connection. If connections are okay, replace trip reset switch. If odometer does not reset to zero, check Light Green wire for open circuit or high resistance. If wiring is okay, replace instrument cluster.
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Friday, August 28th, 2009 AT 10:55 PM
Tiny
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Also, it looks like you may have some recalls on your vehicle. The dealer may fix these for free. Please contact the dealer service department, give them the VIN number of your car and have them check on these to see if they apply to you.


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Saturday, August 29th, 2009 AT 12:04 AM

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