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problem with 03 chevy silverado

by , Posted to on 11/24/2010 08:43 AM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/27/2004
Location: ND
Having an issue with my truck.  When it is cold the guages seem to work when they want to.    Oil pressure, alternator, temp, speedo etc dont like to work when it is cold.   Sometimes when you turn the truck off then back on they work.    Any idea what the problem is?   Thanks
"The only enemy of guns is rust and politicians."
"The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry."

William F. Buckley, Jr.
"Unarmed helplessness is for sheep and the French."  Ted Nugent

"The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it."
 -Thomas Jefferson


The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
-Thomas Jefferson




Re: problem with 03 chevy silverado
by on 11/24/2010 08:52 AM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/21/2009
Location: ND

Instrument cluster.  They run about 500 bucks and you can't do them yourself.....stealership has to put them in.  Got an O4 with the same issues.  Have learned to live with it. 

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Re: problem with 03 chevy silverado
by on 11/24/2010 08:52 AM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/20/2010
Location: ND
could be as simple as your battery is about ready to dump on you. Easy place to start.

Re: problem with 03 chevy silverado
by on 11/24/2010 09:01 AM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/20/2010
Location: ND
Or what Love2Hunt said......

Re: problem with 03 chevy silverado
by on 11/24/2010 09:22 AM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/11/2008
Location: ND
Gonna agree with Lov2hnt, I have an 05 silverado with the same issues. Sometimes my speedometer sticks, sometimes my oil pressure gauge is all goofy, sometimes i can't switch back and forth through the info from the wheel. Right now my truck says I have almost 2 full tanks of gas it has wrapped around that far on my gas gauge. For 500 bucks though, I can make sure I fill before I leave town.
Re: problem with 03 chevy silverado
by on 11/24/2010 09:25 AM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/13/2006
Location: ND
I had the same problem on my 2000 silverado.  It was annoying, and I lived with it to avoid the 500 dollar hickory stick beating.
Re: problem with 03 chevy silverado
by on 11/24/2010 09:26 AM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/27/2004
Location: ND
yeah I suppose it is the cluster... need to have oil pressure, alternator, and speedo imho. I doubt it is the battery....no problems turning it over etc and it is new from last Feb.
"The only enemy of guns is rust and politicians."
"The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry."

William F. Buckley, Jr.
"Unarmed helplessness is for sheep and the French."  Ted Nugent

"The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it."
 -Thomas Jefferson


The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
-Thomas Jefferson




Re: problem with 03 chevy silverado
by on 11/24/2010 09:31 AM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/20/2010
Location: ND
Ok. Fine! I'm an idiot! Geesh! I was just trying to help!!!
Kidding. It's just that I have seen shorting batteries do some funky stuff. I worked in a service department at a Dodge stealership and we never had problems like that

Re: problem with 03 chevy silverado
by on 11/24/2010 09:52 AM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/18/2009
Location: MN

Have an 03 Yukon.  Found a tip about two years ago to do the following.
1. Pull the cluster fuse.
2. Turn the key to the on (not all the way to start)
3. Listen to the stepper motors humm(resetting themselves), usually for 1 minute or so
4. Turn the key back to the off position and put the fuse back in.

I did this about a dozen times over a 6 month period and no gauges have gone wacky for over a year now.

There is a guy I found in Winona, MN I believe who replaced all the stepper motors for less than $200 including shipping.  Father-in-Law had an entire new cluster install in Grand Forks and it cost over $700.

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Re: problem with 03 chevy silverado
by on 11/24/2010 10:24 AM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/31/2005
Location: ND

I have had the same issue with my 03 suburban…I’ve only noticed the speedometer sticking then not working last winter…didn’t happen at all this summer…makes sense now.  Sounds like Effie07 might be on to something couldn’t hurt to try….








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Re: problem with 03 chevy silverado
by on 11/24/2010 10:34 AM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/23/2010
Location: ND
Cluster or main BPM? computer.  We had an issue like this on a different GM vehicle.  500 bucks for either one.  We had both go for a cool grand.  when it first started going the entire gauge needle set would load as normal and then completely reset back like the vehicle was off and then load again.  We had about 140,000 miles on it when it happened.  Works great today with 170,000.  Good luck.
Re: problem with 03 chevy silverado
by on 11/24/2010 11:23 AM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/17/2010
Location: nd
I have an 03 Suburban and had to replace my Cluster last year.  The dealership told me that if my truck was under 80k that GM would pay for the part.  However I was at 85k and they would not budge on paying for it.  Very simple to replace yourself but it does cost around $500 for the part.
Re: problem with 03 chevy silverado
by on 11/24/2010 11:25 AM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/08/2006
Location: ND
I don't know, probably hard to get at but, I always like to try the old unplug it and plug it trick just to make sure it's not a connection problem. Fixes things fairly often.
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Re: problem with 03 chevy silverado
by on 11/24/2010 11:29 AM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/08/2003
Location: ND
LOV2HNT Said:

Instrument cluster.  They run about 500 bucks and you can't do them yourself.....stealership has to put them in.  Got an O4 with the same issues.  Have learned to live with it. 

Concur, happened with my 05 a couple times, talked to dealer, dealer told me to "break it" and bring back in before warranty expired. So I did!!! LOL Never had a problem after that.

 

Good Luck and Good Fishin'

Eric T


Re: problem with 03 chevy silverado
by on 11/24/2010 11:46 AM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/27/2004
Location: ND
Cooter8128 Said:
Ok. Fine! I'm an idiot! Geesh! I was just trying to help!!!
Kidding. It's just that I have seen shorting batteries do some funky stuff. I worked in a service department at a Dodge stealership and we never had problems like that
I'm not discounting the battery yet.   I suppose funny stuff can happen.  

"The only enemy of guns is rust and politicians."
"The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry."

William F. Buckley, Jr.
"Unarmed helplessness is for sheep and the French."  Ted Nugent

"The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it."
 -Thomas Jefferson


The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
-Thomas Jefferson




Re: problem with 03 chevy silverado
by on 11/24/2010 1:33 PM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/17/2005
Location: ND
I took my cluster out sent it to this http://www.speedometerrepairguy.com/ . He fixes it the same day he gets it. I used a hand held gps for mph till it was back. It was real simple.
Re: problem with 03 chevy silverado
by on 11/24/2010 1:34 PM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/20/2010
Location: ND
Well if it's a newer battery then probably not. In my experience, when you get all these exact same problems it usually is what the others say fixed it for them.

Re: problem with 03 chevy silverado
by on 11/24/2010 2:24 PM | Reply #17 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/15/2010
Location: nd
got mine fixed when under warranty  have not had a problem sence put in new cluster  no charge

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