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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Oct 31st, 14, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
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gauge cluster stuck

so most of my lights are out on my cluster
the ones that work are bright light, gen, blinkers

oil did light up but now its not. no other lights come on.

So I went to remove the cluster after reading how. unscrew panel, remove 3 bolts to steering column, drop down slightly and cluster should come out far enough to remove speedo cable aand harness.

problem is my gets hung up. I can only move it foward maybe 2 inches and something is tugging on it from behind.

(btw this is a 68 camaro)

so now I'm at a stand still.
Oh, and to add to this, I've scratched up my panel by moving it around by the steering column so that made my day.

anyway, help / advice is needed.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Oct 31st, 14, 03:40 AM
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Re: gauge cluster stuck

it is a tight fit!!!!!!!!!
mine did come out JUST far enough for me to get my hand in there and loosen the cable.
the cable was my only problem. once it was released the cluster came right out.
you may try taking the cable loose from the transmission and feeding some cable into the cabin.
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Re: gauge cluster stuck

There is a ground strap top middle.
This strap often gets blamed for alot.
Ensure it is making good contact with both the cluter and dash structure.

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Re: gauge cluster stuck

It could be the speedo cable or the wire harness hanging up. Try to reach under the dash and remove them. It’s a tight fit in there, just be patient. You can put painters tape on the panel and steering column to prevent scratching.

I recently installed 194 LED bulbs in my gauge cluster for backlighting. It doubled my brightness.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Oct 31st, 14, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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Re: gauge cluster stuck

ok i'll try today. The speedo cable is a little loose (has some slack) so I need to undo the wiring harness and then it will come out a few more inches. But I don't yet know how the wire harness connects or where its at just yet. Looking at pictures now.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Oct 31st, 14, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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Re: gauge cluster stuck

I got it out. It was the speedo cable tugging from the back and I got some slack from under the car (only need 2-3 inches) and then it came out. I unplugged it all and did the inspection.

Problem was the negative copper wire on the circuit board (for the bottom lights) was falling apart, almost broke in half. When I touched it it came apart. Looks like it hit something or was cut by accident.

I don't see a way to repair this thin copper line on the circuit....correct?
But to test it all I connected a 12v source and ground and most bulbs are ok, some were out. Mainly they weren't getting a ground.

Also the previous owner did ground the chassis of the gauge cluster with a separate wire. So now I guess I need to buy a new circuit board.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Oct 31st, 14, 02:57 PM
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Re: gauge cluster stuck

Just get a small wire and solder over the bad area
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