How To: Change Your Speedometer/Gauge Cluster - Chevy Cobalt Forum / Cobalt Reviews / Cobalt SS / Cobalt Parts
Interior Interior DIY/ How-to's

Closed Thread
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 65 (permalink) Old 07-04-2010, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
Contributor
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 365
How To: Change Your Speedometer/Gauge Cluster

READ THIS FIRST - YEAR COMPATIBILITY INFORMATION
  • If you get the same year speedometer as your car, it will work 100%
  • 05-06 work with 05-06 and everything will work fine
  • 05-06 will partly work with 07+, you will only see the mileage and temperature, you lose all other DIC features
  • 07 will work on 08+, everything will work except the TPMS light (TMPS still works though)
  • 08-10 work with 08-10, everything will work
  • The speed will recalibrate and will show the correct information if changing from 120mph to 140/160 cluster
  • You can buy speedometers on ebay for $60-110 shipped
  • LS/LT/SS/Sport doesn't matter. Coupe/Sedan doesn't matter.

Tools Needed
Phillips head screwdriver - preferably a short one
Flat head screwdriver or small chisel
7mm socket
Socket ratchet/wrench with extensions
New speedometer/gauge cluster

This can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on your tool handling skills are.

1. Start by removing the lower dash panel. This is the big piece under the steering wheel and has the compartment for your coins and trunk release. It is attached with clips. Pull on it, it may seem like you will break it, but you won't. You can use a "How to remove your dash" guide if you need more help.

2. Remove the dash pieces on the left and right side of the steering wheel. It has the dimmer and fog light switch.

3. Move the steering wheel all the way down. There is a little lever that locks the position on the bottom left side on the steering wheel.

--------------
4. Now under the dash pieces you removed is 1 bolt and 1 washer, star looking piece on each side. You need to remove the bolt. You also need to remove the washer piece by using the flathead screwdriver. Just wedge it out. This took the longest for me. You can cut it and break it if you want, it doesn't serve much of a purpose, I didn't put it back at the end.




--------------
5. On the roof of the cluster dash piece (that's what i call it) are 2 screws. Remove these using your short phillips head screwdriver.



--------------
6. Now the tricky part. Remove the cluster cover. This will require some tugging and bending and pushing. Be careful not to break it. Just try to remove it and you will figure out how to remove it.



--------------
7. Now there are 4 bolts holding the speedometer in place. 2 on the top, 2 on the bottom. Using your ratchet and extensions, remove the bolts. Be careful not to drop them.



--------------
8. Now pull the speedometer out a little. There is a wire connected in the back. Push down on the top of the connector to remove it. Once the wire is removed, pull the speedometer out. This also requires tricky hands.




--------------
9. Put the new speedometer in and plug the wire in. IMPORTANT: Turn the car to the ON position and test all the lights and DIC features to make sure it all works.



--------------

10. Once everything is working, put everything back.
11. Screw in the 4 bolts onto the speedometer.
12. Put the cluster dash piece back in.
13. Put 2 screws on the roof of the cluster dash piece.
14. Put the 2 bolts on the left/right under the dash piece. OPTIONAL: You can put the star washer things back if you want.
15. Put all the dash pieces back.

You are done!

Icydub is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 65 (permalink) Old 07-04-2010, 06:08 PM
XFE
Wootsauce!
Staff Alumni
YourCobalt.com Premium Member


 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 8,593
Send a message via AIM to XFE
A few of your pictures are not working, but good write up!




XFE is offline  
post #3 of 65 (permalink) Old 07-04-2010, 06:13 PM
I cut stuff
YourCobalt of the Month Winner
YourCobalt.com Premium Member


 
blazerlow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: MN
Posts: 6,238
Garage
very nice. and looks like all pics are working for me.
blazerlow is offline  
 
post #4 of 65 (permalink) Old 07-04-2010, 06:15 PM
XFE
Wootsauce!
Staff Alumni
YourCobalt.com Premium Member


 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 8,593
Send a message via AIM to XFE
Quote:
Originally Posted by blazerlow View Post
very nice. and looks like all pics are working for me.
Well they weren't a few minutes ago...O well.

I need to do this swap as well.




XFE is offline  
post #5 of 65 (permalink) Old 07-04-2010, 06:30 PM
Cobalt Master
 
bbrewbaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Middletown, PA
Posts: 1,928
Garage
Send a message via AIM to bbrewbaker
I do to.
Does anyone know if the G5 clusters work in the Cobalt because I like the red.
bbrewbaker is offline  
post #6 of 65 (permalink) Old 07-04-2010, 07:07 PM
Yay go me
YourCobalt.com Premium Member


 
Punk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Johnstown
Posts: 2,154
im pretty sure they do

My sig thanks to Gcobalt
Punk is offline  
post #7 of 65 (permalink) Old 07-04-2010, 07:21 PM
Contributor
 
JxBx14's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 439
Garage
I got my cluster and it lights up red bbrewbaker
JxBx14 is offline  
post #8 of 65 (permalink) Old 07-05-2010, 08:18 AM
Contributor
 
Chevy-SS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 339
Garage
Ok so if I do a a swap will the miles n everything be completely different or will it just reconfigure it self.
Chevy-SS is offline  
post #9 of 65 (permalink) Old 07-05-2010, 08:29 AM
Cobalt Master
 
bbrewbaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Middletown, PA
Posts: 1,928
Garage
Send a message via AIM to bbrewbaker
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chevy-SS View Post
Ok so if I do a a swap will the miles n everything be completely different or will it just reconfigure it self.
It will reconfigure itself because it's stored in the BCM not the cluster.
bbrewbaker is offline  
post #10 of 65 (permalink) Old 07-05-2010, 09:58 AM
Forum Regular
 
bgachz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Posts: 75
Garage
i was just wondering (if its a dumb question sorry lol)

but i noticed you changed the gauge sticker? well the thing that says your speed and gas and rpm. you went from one that had a max speed of 110-120 (like my cobalt) and upgraded it to a nice one with the max speed now 180. does the speedometer reconfigure for that too??
because isnt it just like paper and the computer doesnt know that now the 60 mph is now further down, instead of at the top like it was?

bgachz is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Closed Thread

Tags
cluster , gauge , instrument , speedometer

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome