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Chevrolet Suburban 1500 Speedometer or Other Instrument Panel Gauge May Work Erratically

Chevrolet Suburban 1500 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1993, 1995, 2000, 2003, 2004

Average Mileage: 106,130 mi (13,800 mi - 315,000 mi)


The speedometer or other instrument panel gauge may begin to work erratically at times. Our technicians tell us that the instrument cluster must be sent to a repair facility to correct this fault. The warranty has been extended on some of these units to 7 years or 70,000 miles.

  • Visitor, , 146,800 mi

    Speedometer started to act erratically then failed completely. Searched the internet and discovered this was a common problem on certain GM vehicles. Removed instrument cluster (10 minute job) and took to a repair shop. They replaced all six stepper motors in the instrument cluster for $185.00 and I re-installed the instrument cluster (another 10 minute job). Instrument cluster has been functioning correctly since the repair. Vehicle now has 164,300 miles on it.

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    I have no oil,battery,temp,fuel or shifting light indicator. The logic bar is blue across. I have checked all fuse. After a certain amount of time the logic light will kick off and I still have no dash indicators. Any suggestions? It sounds like a relay kicking out or something. I can take the ipc/dic fuse out and put it back in and sometime it will work, but it kicks back out in a couple of hours.

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  • Visitor, , 71,238 mi

    Replaced instrument cluster, $800

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  • Visitor, , 220,000 mi

    speedo works erratic at times when cold

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  •  Rookie

    (2000, Cheverolet Suburban, 1500, Ltd.) Panel lights flickered, all gauges were rapidly fluctuating, then they all stopped, then came back on, then stopped, etc. for just a few miles (to get home). Once home, Suburban wouldn't even start until the panel was disconnected. Once the panel was disconnected, everything else worked fine again. Still searching for a helpful and affordable solution that offers more than a "hope" and does not require returning to the local dealership that has ripped us off and actually *caused damage* to our vehicles before.

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  •  Rookie

    I was sittingat a stop light with my sonone evening and he said, "Slow down mom! You're going 120mph!". I couldn't believe it! The speedometer had shot all the way the right. It works sparadically. How do I fix this?

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  • Worked erratically and then finally stopped altogether. Had to replace the entire instrument cluster panel.

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  • Visitor, , 90,000 mi

    Erratic speedometer. Turning off ignition & restarting usually corrects problem

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  • Visitor, , 123,561 mi

    Speedometer and tachometer started getting erratic and then the gas gauge stopped working completely. Dealer and local repair shops told me the instrument cluster needed to be replaced with quotes ranging from $500 to $800. By searching the internet I found several places that offered cluster rebuilding for between $110 to $200. Not being a mechanical person I was hesitant to go this route however I found one that was only about 2 hours from my house in La Crosse WI and after talking to them they said they would remove the cluster repair it(complete rebuild with a lifetime warranty) and reinstall it so I went that route. I was amazed as the whole process took 30 minutes, 5 min removal, 20 min to rebuild (all new stepper motors) and 5 min re-install. The company saved me over $400 and I am still in awe at how easy and quick the process was. Their main bussniness is from people shipping their clusters to them with same day repair and return.

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  • Visitor, , 130,000 mi

    Speedometer became erratic. Replaced all of the solenoids in the dash as they are all the same ones.

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