dash board instruments keep going off and on, clock is also running crazy, 2003 ax9099,000 miles
This is most commonly caused by a faulty Driver Information Module (DIM), which is the instrument cluster
A new one is about $1200 plus labor, but there is another option
does this need to go to a dealer for repair and what cost should I expect to pay to have the problem corrected
Click Here for information on having your DIM rebuilt
If you chose to have it replaced with a new one, yes, it will be a dealer only repair as the new one needs to be programmed to your car and only they can download the software for it
Is there any problem driving the car
But that link above allows you to send your own DIM out to be rebuilt for about $400
Driveability wise, no. However, the DIM is part of a network of computers that communicate with eachother. One of the other computers is the SRS control unit for your airbags
So there is a chance that the airbags won't function properly if needed
It won't cause the car to die out though
How do I get the dim out f and back into the car
There are two torx-25 screws that hold the bezel around the DIM to the dash. Then the bezel pries out and there are four more T25 screws holding the DIM in place. I think I have some pictures somewhere, one moment
not sure if you got this question - how do I get it out and back into the car
I did and I replied:
Did the pictures come through?
Are you able to read this?
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It appears that there was a problem with the chat. Did you get my reply with pictures detailing removal?