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Odometer does not work do you need to replace the whole dash on a 98 sunfire?

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2005-12-14 23:59:20
2005-12-14 23:59:20

I have been told that the cluster is essentially "throw away". Beware of scammers when looking for a replacement. I was quoted $500.00 (including programming)+ $350.00 for installation. I went to the wreckers and got a cluster for $60.00. Disconnect the positive battery terminal. After snapping off the small plastic trim underneath the windshield, snapping off the vent cover on the dashboard, removing about a dozen, "easy to get at screws," the dashboard easily lifts out of the way. All you do is unplug the cluster at the back, plug the new one in, and you're done. No programming is required... the onboard computer automatically resets the odometer to the correct mileage. Re-install the dashboard and trim in reverse order. The whole process took me about 45 minutes. It's much easier than one would think.

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