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Gauge repair

Thread in 'Gauges and Dashboard' started by Phil V, Feb 27, 2018.

  1. Phil V

    Phil V Active Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Well, it is finally happening... I've been having an issue for the last two months where I my speed / rpm jumps around. The odometer also flickers. It's very annoying. Anyways I took apart my truck today and shipped the gauge cluster to Circuit Board Medics

    https://circuitboardmedics.com/2004-2005-ford-explorer-sport-trac-instrument-cluster-repair/

    Here is the link incase anyone needs it.

    All in all it cost me $400 Canadian with the exchange rate and shipping, but I guess that's not as bad as it could be.

    I opted for the LED upgrade so I'm hoping that looks nice. Going to take this opportunity to paint my gauge surround and radio bezel to match my truck
     
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    EddieS'04 Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    :) Good deal..do they have a choice of led color?
     
  3. Phil V

    Phil V Active Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Unfortunately no choice of colour. But I do like the green / red combo of the dash.

    It'd have been a much better deal if I lived in the States! $179 USD, free return shipping and it would have been much cheaper to send it there. Still not a bad deal though
     
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    swshawaii Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Phil, I copied and pasted my reply from your "wheel spacer" thread in case you miss it. Thanks!

    "Would appreciate some night pics of your clusters LED conversion after installation. Most, if not all LED conversions I've seen look unevenly lit and don't dim 100%. Also, and if not too much trouble, check to see what brand and type of LED's Circuit Board Medics used."
     
  5. Phil V

    Phil V Active Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    I replied in the other thread, thanks Steve. I'll take pictures to show what type of LEDs were used and maybe see if I could source them from an online retailer for everyone's benefit. Nighttime pictures will be provided as well. I'm just as curious as you are.

    Anyways here is the radio bezel which I painted. A couple imperfections but it turned out nice.
    IMG_1442.JPG
     
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    Phil V Active Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Got the gauges back today. Exactly a weeks time. I got the LED upgrade which they promised would have an even distribution of light. Unfortunately you have to get the repair to get the LEDs as they soldered in diodes where the factory bulbs would go. Here is a night shot. I would say it is the perfect brightness and has an almost factory distribution of light. There are no hot spots but it does dim a little bit towards the ends of the needles. The colour is very nice though. I'm happy
    IMG_1450.JPG

    Anyways, the gauges function flawlessly now, I would recommend Circuit Board Medics to anyone on here experiencing issues with their 04-05 gauge cluster. I have had a non functioning fuel gauge for 2 years now and assumed it was a problem in the tank because of a thread I read.

    As you can see even that is fixed. One other thing to mention is they only put LEDs into the Fuel, Coolant temp, Tach, Speed, Oil and Battery gauges. Not the signals, engine lights or gear selector.
     
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    swshawaii Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    That's impressive Phil. Happen to see any markings on the lamps? Brand, model numbers, etc.
     
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    Phil V Active Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    I'm pretty pleased with it. The LEDs were soldered in where the factory bulbs would go. They were literally just 2 wires with a diode on the end of it. Could not remove to inspect them. So hopefully they outlast the truck...
     
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    swshawaii Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    OK, thanks. Guess I'll just stick with the 194LL incandescents for now.
     
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    Phil V Active Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    No problem. I really wish I could have helped out the community more on this one. It does look better than the incandescent bulbs but it isn't enough of a change to constitute seeking out LEDs for the cluster. I just figured I'd try it out rather than replace the 194s myself. Surprised not one had burnt out after 12-13 years
     
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    EddieS'04 Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Looks very nice, kudo's for your upgrade..:cool:
     
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    Jacob Durham Member 1st Gen Owner 4 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Just reinstalled my gauge cluster today after being repaired by Circuit Board Medics. I had every symptom they listed:
    intermittent power failure to the gauges or odometer display issues - I had test gauges or sweep gauges messages. Other issues also include intermittent power to radio, power windows, or interior lighting. These all happened simultaneously.

    Their service is exactly as advertised. No issues at all. All of my components are now functioning correctly.
     
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