To help others fix the same problems I've encountered.

Welcome to my website

I recently purchased a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado 4x4 Ext Cab, I really like the truck but it had a few little issues I wanted to fix. The first issue was the stereo backlighting, just about all of the lights were burned out, so after removing that and resoldering all new bulbs (all ten) onto the circuit board, it now works perfect.

The next issue to tackle was the problem of the odometer/gear selector panel not lighting up, actually it lighted up intermittently but was very annoying. Now the avid interneter I am I figured that other people had the same problem and a resolve to the problem would be easy to find on the net. Well was I right, many people had the same issue however I was wrong about finding a fix for it, I've looked everywhere on the net to find out how to fix it, the only solution I found was to have the instrument cluster replaced, anywhere from 180 to 500 dollars. The way I looked at it was chances are it's a problem thats fixable, so I ripped mine apart and found the issue. I created this space on here for other people to see the step by step instructions so you can fix yours for the low cost of FREE, no parts required, just solder. I'm assuming that its the same issue with most since the symptoms are basically the same. I would say that the manufacturer of the circuit board didn't put enough solder on the joint and from movement the little bit of solder that was there easily breaks. I will say that I'm your average joe will some experience soldering but not much, even if you can't solder, you could still break it down and bring it to an electronics shop to solder it, it takes less than 1 minute to solder once you take it apart. I hope that this helps at least one person out there save money, all that I ask in return is you tell me that it helped you out and if you have questions let me know. Have a good day and good luck, Chris.

Topic: Questions, Comments, General

Date: 24/09/2012

By: lewis

Subject: 05 cluster

do u know if can fix the spedometer this way can buy an 05 silverado no spedometer.


Date: 10/07/2013

By: Jake orfo

Subject: Re: 05 cluster

No that's a much more difficult issue that has to do with the circuit boards


Date: 20/09/2012

By: David B.

Subject: Odometer Fixed

Thanks, Chris, for this page ! My problem was exactly the solder joint you have pictured. The most time consuming part was cleaning the circuit board adequately to get a good solder job - I pulled the wire completely out of the board to get it right, but it was still tricky. Good thing it was the end contact.


Date: 13/05/2012

By: Dave W.

Subject: Indicator fix!

Thanks Chris! Only one was bad on mine. Fixed it in 10 mins!! I had to scrape the silicone away to find it. So anybody with the problem, make sure you scrap the silicone away on all contacts and check for bad solder!
Many Thanks!!
Dave W. IN Wisconsin


Date: 28/04/2012

By: Daniel Faulkner

Subject: Thank you!

Just wanted to say thanks for the info. Took about 20 minutes and solved my problem. It's nice to finally know the mileage on my truck all the time.


Date: 17/03/2012

By: Mike

Subject: Fixed!!

You da man! My PRND321 and odometer/trip has not worked since i purchased my truck late last year. Thanks you you, a $25 soldering iron, and 1.5 hours, it's fixed! Cheap!


Date: 10/01/2012

By: Bill Campbell

Subject: odometer and PRND321 display

Chris,You really hit the nail on the head with this one.I just picked up a 99 GMC Sierra with the same issues. I searched the internet for a fix and came across your solution. Great instructions and visuals.Thanks for putting the effort into helping other people save a little cash and frustration!


Date: 09/02/2013

By: Jeremy

Subject: Re: odometer and PRND321 display

Thought about looking in to this problem for a long time. Searched the problem online. Found these instructions,1 hour and $20 later odometer and gear selected are working perfectly. Great instructions I should of done this along time ago.


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Date: 24/11/2011

By: Lloyd

Subject: Thanks for the help, my light is on again.

It took less than 20 minutes. Thanks for helping me out and to save some money for Thanksgiving and Christmas.