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06 Ram 1500 Need to replace my cluster- RPM gauge isnt working
Im new to the forum so I'm sorry if I do this all wrong...
I am trying to figure out how to replace my cluster for my 06 Ram 1500 (Thunder-Road). My RPM's has not been working for several months now. Took it to the shop and they told me my cluster was bad and that they would have to take it out and shipped it to the factory. Which will take over a week. Being that I have no other means of transportation, I cant do that nor do I want to pay that much to fix this. Also, I'm looking to sell this truck in the next few months. So want to try and get this resolved.
If you guys have any suggestions and/or pointers, I would greatly appreciate it.
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First, you do not have to be without a vehicle. When i asked on this forum what to do and people told me, i confirmed it with my dealer. Bring your truck to the dealer and have the service rep come out get your mileage. Then order a new cluster from the Parts department. They need your mileage so they can program it in to the new unit. Cost is a little over $300.00. And their is a core charge. Then when the new cluster comes in and they call you, drive to the dealer and pick it up and instlal it in the parking lot. It's easy. Just a few screws to take it out then it just unplugs. Throw the new one in and re-assemble, then walk back in to the dealer with the defective one and get your core charge back.
That is the cheapest way to resolve it. Do the self test on the gauges (Push and hold the Odometer button and turn the ignition on) to make sure it is in fact the cluster. If the tach needle does fail to sweep during the test, then save your time and money changing out sensors as they are not the issue.
One other tip. My tach died months ago. But, i added Techron to my fuel three weeks ago and the tach has worked ever since. Makes no sense at all. And likley it's nothing more then a bizzare cooincidence. But i am just throwing that out there.
I replaced my cluster last fall. Here's what I did;
Went down to local Stealership and had the service technician look and record my mileage. He printed up a copy and handed it to the Parts department so they could order me a new(reman) cluster with my exact mileage. Cost for my 2008 was $295 plus $550core charge(yeah, I know right...) Anyways, I did NOT have to leave my truck there. Service Tech said "I'm not worried about the 2or300miles you could put on in 3-4business days(even though it was only 7miles..haha)
When the new one came in, I had already tore down my console in my driveway(knee cover, radio bezel, cluster bezel) so I took the starbit style screwdriver with me to the dealership to take out the couple of screws that hold the cluster in place. I walked in the parts dept and paid the $295+tax along with the $550 core charge and took the new one out and installed it(less than 10min) Once I knew the new one was going to program itself correctly, I refunded my old one for the core charge. I was afraid to hand mine in before making sure the new one was going to work. (btw, when they refunded my the $550 for the core they never refunded the sales tax, so I had to go all the way back after I got home..just an FYI to look out for)
The dealer needs your mileage and your vin#, nothing else. As a matter of fact, there was a website name on the cluster but I didn't write it down and I'm not tearing apart my truck to find it either but I did see a site online that does reman.'d clusters. I bet all you need is proof of mileage(which is asking tech dept to print you out the proof or a garage to print it out)
Buying used clusters off Ebay is not recomended as they are pre-set to auto program. Once they program to one truck, they keep all that info(supposedly from what I have been told) The dealer provides your vin# which shows the options so that the options in your truck can be unlocked/accessed. Kinda like the foglights that need dealer's to enable the circuitry in 2006+ models. It's all in the cluster.