Buick Century Instrument Cluster Repair
My odometer, shift indicator and radio stopped working suddenly in my car. After viewing a couple YouTube videos, I launch into repair mode, disassemble my dashboard and complete the repair on the instrument cluster circuit board. I try to be as logical and scientific as possible but all along the way, little things are not adding up. Then the irony.
2003 Buick Century Odometer Instrument Panel Repair
My 2003 Buick Century PRNDL and odometer lights are dim. I've seen a few videos on YT explaining that 4 new resistors need to be soldered, how to remove the dash panels and how to remove the instrument cluster. I also watched a video on "why and how to properly solder". I've never done a repair like this and I've never soldered before so those videos were well worth watching. I also read my newly purchased soldering iron instruction manual PRIOR TO BEGINNING. I decided to do this project and recorded my steps to show how easy it was, the tools I used and the cost. The video is kind of long because I wanted to show how a person soldering for the first time could easily succeed. Thanks for watching and the thumbs up.
DIY Odometer Reprogramming
A simple instructional video illustrating how to program your digital car odometer using simple electronics, a computer with a serial port, some soldering knowledge and an understanding of hexi-decimal programming. LINK TO EXCEL SPREADSHEET FOR ODOMETER DECODING: https://mega.co.nz/#!LkAh3RqR!iCOewuDWPV1gF-nF6eVWwPdFIuuuXsQInzQkIu1FII4 Most vehicles store their digital odometer reading on the instrument cluster on a re-writable EEPROM chip. Once the chip is located, it can be de-soldered from the board and connected to a computer's serial port where its data can be downloaded and manipulated. The data on the chip is coded in inverted hex values. Through experimentation, a pattern was observed that related the values to the digits on the odometer's LCD display. The data is then edited and rewritten to the chip, which is then re-soldered to the odometer board and put back into the car. Legal stuff: It is illegal to modify or roll back your odometer reading without full disclosure to a potential purchaser of your vehicle.
2001 Buick Century instrument cluster odometer repair
Had a 2001 Buick century with an instrument cluster that had an inoperatve odometer, PRNDL display. I noticed when I twisted the circuit board that the sisplay would flash on. Found some resistors with cracked solder joints, repaired them and it works again.