Silverado Speedometer Problems and Repair Options

silverado speedometer probems and repairHas the speedometer on your Chevy Silverado stopped telling you you actual speed? Does it get to zero and get stuck, then suddenly tell you you’re going 80 when you know you’re only going 20? If so, you may have heard horror stories from other GM owners who had the same problem and ended up paying upwards of $500 or $600 to get their instruments repaired.  We’ve heard this story many times before.  In fact, we lived this story.  But before we dropped the dough, we wanted to find out if there was a better way.  And you know what?  There was.

2003-2006 Chevy Silverados (and GMC Sierras, which are virtually the same truck) suffer from the common GM instrument cluster failure syndrome.  During these years, the motors used in many GM vehicles were not quite up to scratch and many have started to fail in recent years.  In fact, in 2008, these instrument clusters were recalled [link] and owners will less than 80,000 miles on their cars or trucks could have them replaced for free or for just the cost of labor, so long as the vehicle had been in operation for less than 7 years. Unfortunately, not many Chevy Silverados qualify these days.

Fortunately, at Dr. Speedometer, we have taken what we learned from our own experience to help out other GM owners.  In fact, it was a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 that inspired Fred, the founder and main mechanic here, to start servicing GM instrument clusters in the first place!

If you have a Chevy Silverado built in 2003*, 2004*, 2005 and 2006, whether it’s a 1500, 2500, 3500; Duramax; 4.3, 4.8, 5.3, 6.0, or 8.1 liter; gas or diesel; automatic or manual; 4×4, SS, z71, or two-wheel drive, whatever you’ve got, we can fix your faulty speedometer (and/ or tachometer, fuel gauge, or oil temp, water temp or battery voltage gauge) or your whole instrument cluster with a lifetime rebuild guarantee for less than half of what you are likely to pay at the dealership.

We’ll pay for you to ship the the faulty panel to us and will ship it back to you better than new for free.  Our 24 hour in-shop turnaround means that you will probably have it back and ready to re-install in about a week.

Have a later model Silverado?  We can also fix the faulty odometer/PRNDL screens on those.  Just give us a call at [1-800-405-1056] or send an email letting us know what you need.  Or, if you’re ready to get rollin’, visit our order page and send us your broken cluster today.  We’ll tell you how to take it out and even how to pack it for shipping.

*2003 and 2004 Silverado clusters have been known to experience total power failure (all gauges quite at same time), which may require the panel to be replaced, at an additional charge.  For details, please see our Notice Concerning Power Failure.

“Just wanted to let you know that I received my instrument cluster yesterday, had it reinstalled in about 5 minutes and everything works great. I have passed your name and number on to my mechanic, so you may hear from him. I also wanted to let you know that if you need a reference, I would be happy to participate. Thanks again.”

Clyde Martz
Salem, OH
04 Silverado

“Fred, I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for the amazingly quick repair on my instrument cluster.  I really believed that I would be without it for a month or better.  It really is great being able to see how much gas I have, how fast I am going and being able to see it at night.  It’s not often that a company lives up to what is said about turnaround time but yours certainly does.  I too wanted to mention that the online video allowed me to remove it without any problems and the replacement was just as easy.

I have already told very nearly everyone I know about your service and would be honored to tell the world.”

Thanks again

Mike McCormick
Sioux City, IA
’03 Silverado

Thank you for fixing my cluster, when Chevy told me it would cost close to $600.00 to fix I lost all faith in GM. I still have a fuel gauge problem and heater fan speed not working right, but I’m real happy to know how fast I’m going. You are the Man.  I’ll recommend you to everyone that has speedometer problems.

(Better than new, been fixed by Fred.)”

Sam Plagmann
Kelso, Washington
2003 Silverado