Instrument Cluster Repair

There have been major changes to the design and configurations of automobiles in recent years, but the functions of instrument cluster panels have, more or less, remained the same. Automotive instrument panels consist of gauges and dials that convey information about the critical status and function of the automobile. In some vehicles, more gauges and indicators have been added with new design iterations in order to provide drivers with more information about how their cars are functioning. Like any automotive component, the guage cluster panel may require repair from time to time if any of its parts wear out or malfunction. Prompt panel repair is important; otherwise the panel may give faulty readings and send wrong indications to the driver. Consequently, you'll want to be sure to repair any necessary components as soon as you notice a problem. Timely instrument cluster repair and component replacement can help save you from even more costly and troublesome repair work in the future.

Parts of the Automotive Instrument Cluster

Some of the basic gauges in an instrument cluster where you can use NMB ball bearings and motors include:

  • Speedometer: This is one of the most familiar and commonly used gauges in the automotive instrument cluster. The speedometer tells the driver the speed at which he is traveling, a piece of information that absolutely must be accurate. A sensor measures the car's wheel speed and sends the appropriate signal to the speedometer, which conveys the message to the driver.
  • Tachometer: This gauge measures the rotation speed of the car's engine and displays the revolutions per minute. Referring to this gauge in the instrument cluster can help a driver get the maximum performance or fuel economy from her car.
  • Fuel gauge: This gauge tells you how much gas is left in the tank. Anyone who's ever run out of gas in the middle of a drive knows how important the accuracy of the car's fuel gauge is!
  • Temperature gauge: This instrument reads the conditions inside the engine's cooling system and tells you if the automobile is within acceptable working conditions. If the gauge indicates the engine's temperature is too hot, then the engine will have to be turned off to cool it down to avoid overheating and failure.

Problems Requiring Instrument Cluster Repair

Why might you need to repair an automotive instrument cluster? Below you'll find some of the malfunctions and issues that can lead to the need for instrument cluster repair.

Problems Requiring Speedometer Repair

Speedometer problems in the instrument cluster can arise due to a variety of reasons, which may include a damaged speed sensor, damaged speedometer cable, broken speedometer, or wiring problems.

Tachometer Repair

Prolonged use at high speeds exceeds the capabilities of the components in this part of the instrument cluster and may lead to overheating, inadequate lubrication, and undue wear and tear. When a vehicle's tachometer has been overstressed, repair is required to avoid permanent damage.

Fuel Gauge Repair

Fuel gauges rely on wiring, fuel level needles and sending units, and voltage. These instrument cluster gauges are sensitive and can be damaged quite easily. One of the most common causes of the need for fuel gauge repair is a poor ground. Loose connections, corrosion, and dirt can lead to problems.

Temperature Gauge Repair

The reading of an automotive temperature gauge could be wrong because of a faulty cooling sensor, which can be caused by a low coolant level or air trapped under the sensor. However, it's important to ensure that the automobile's engine is not overheating as well. If the gauge is not working or the reading is hotter than it usually is in relation to the outside temperature, have the system checked and the repair completed as soon as possible; an overheating engine can cause serious engine damage.