What would cause the digital dash to fail? Other than a fuse? on 1991 Chevrolet S10 Blazer

We tried a fuse, but thats not the problem.

by in Charlottesville, VA on December 25, 2011
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ANSWER by , January 29, 2012
Inside the digital cluster, there is a power supply module for all of the blue vacuum fluorescent gauges (fuel, oil pressure, engine temp, voltage, and rpm.) You need an electronics guy to remove the rear circuit board to get to the small power supply circuit board that is attached to it. Replace the 43uF electrolytic capacitor (a 50 cent part) and that may fix the problem. Another possibility is the two 2SC3328 transistors (about $1 ea.) More details here: http://chevroletforum.com/forum/s-10-blazer-20/92s-10-blazer-digital-dash-2034/ The instrument cluster is a bit of a nuisance to remove, but there are instructions elsewhere on the web. The hardest part is removing the climate control cluster on the right hand side so that the instrument cluster escutcheon can be pulled out. While you have the cluster out, replace the two PC194 lamps that light the PRNOD21 indicator and the tach yellow and redline markers. No need to replace the others.
COMMENT by , March 27, 2015
Dear Sir Thanks Have a 94 S-10 Blazer with a almost dead speedometer. It will not illuminate ,brighten up. When dark you can barely see the first digit working, the second just show - VIN: 1GNDT13Z5R215556 Temp gauge dead but that is the sensor on rear LH side, tomorrow. All warning lights are gone ,but they showed up for a few minutes. Crawl under dash to morrow and find out. Will faulty ign. switch cause any of this faults? Thanks in advance. have a great day in America Any answer to my awkward questions will be greatly appreciated. Regards Hans A.Skontorp Stavanger Norway
ANSWER by , December 25, 2011
the cluster itself may have failed. once you determine there is power to the cluster and the connector is ok, then the cluster is the issue. Roy