Instrument cluster

Not so long ago the instrument cluster was just a set of gauges in order to monitor the car while driving. The speedometer tells you how fast you’re going, the rev counter shows how fast the engine is spinning and the coolant temperature meter… Oh well, you get the idea. Most of these functions are still there, but the instrument cluster has digitalised by a lot. Signals have become digital and displays are taking over big time. The newest models don’t even have conventional gauges anymore: it has evolved into one big virtual cockpit.

What if the instrument cluster fails?

Modern instrument clusters are prone to fail at some time. Gauges stop working, the illumination starts blinking or stops working altogether, displays are heaving dead pixels… Luckily it’s not hard to take out the whole device (at least in most car models) and there are lots of specialists that can repair all these faults or completely replace the cluster.

What does it cost to remanufacture an instrument panel?

Since it’s a common part, it should cost no more than 30% of a new instrument panel. And on top of that a proper remanufacturing process should eliminate the weaknesses within the cluster. So therefor remanufacturing is a great solution, maybe even better than buying a new part.

What company should I choose for the repair / remanufacturing of an instrument panel?

ACtronics and BBA Reman are Europe’s largest remanufacturing companies. Both have quite the experience and their pricing is decent. But they are not alone anymore: a lot of start ups are doing very well.

Useful sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_instrument_cluster

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dashboard