Dashboard service, what are common dashboard failures?

Dashboard service

Dashboard service

Failure of the instrument panel outside the warranty period is a nightmare for many car owners. Flashing or complete failure of instruments in front of the driver is a sign that they will need to spend a certain amount of money, and with more reputable brands and twice as much. Nothing can be improvised here, nor done according to the 'do it yourself' system. Major floods last year flooded numerous vehicles, and numerous instrument failures should be added to the damage.

However, car owners are more concerned about failures under normal circumstances, which often start with flashing lights and signal lights, popping their hands, and canceling the LCD. The trouble is, most repairers, authorized and others, do not want to get involved in the dashboard operation, even in the case of one or more LEDs, which are not difficult to replace. Most often, they recommend replacing a complete dashboard, which involves programming or initializing all pointers and instruments, and aligning the key code with the dashboard and activating anti-theft protection.

And for models 7-8 and older, this can be a quarter, sometimes more than a third of the car's value, so replacing a defective instrument panel with a new one is often not profitable. Repair is recommended and the installation of a used instrument panel is an alternative. It is necessary to adjust the software, primarily inserting the chassis number, mileage and electronic engine lock code.

Most repairers do not get involved in repair, because replacing them is much easier and more cost effective. The cause may be a processor, an electric motor, a power supply, an LCD screen, or capacitors. A well-repaired and customized instrument panel is as precise and reliable as a new one.

Newer generation cars are subject to special checks beyond the warranty period as they are susceptible to manipulation of the instrument panel with integrated anti-theft controls. Problems may indicate that the car was stolen.

A well-repaired instrument panel is as functional and reliable as a new one. When defective parts are replaced and software is adjusted, everything is tip-top. The problem is mostly with the processor, which is sensitive to humidity and high temperatures. It is bad if the instrument panel is exposed to the sun for hours, which cannot be avoided completely in summer.

The processor receives information from electronic control module (ECU), which collects data on the most important driving parameters from the sensors, processes them and enables the instruments, indicators, screens and signal lights to function properly through the 'driver'. High temperatures also have a negative effect on capacitors, because they dry out, their capacity drops and then they fail. In older models, electric motors also break down (burn out), most often due to an increase in bearing resistance. There may also be a problem with a power failure, low voltage (5V), for instrument operation and high voltage, which activates the instrument panel. The faulty LED is not repaired, but simply replaced.

The repair is followed by calibration, as repairing or replacing the instrument panel will give many people an opportunity to conceal the actual mileage of the car, but those who work correctly will ask the repairer to set the number of miles traveled before the failure. The chassis number must also be programmed. If only the processor is changed, this is generally not required. After breaking it and removing it with an electronic diagnostic device, the software from the old one is loaded and programmed into the new processor. After that, it must be precisely positioned and soldered.

Surgical precision is required when removing the old, mounting and soldering the new processor onto the electronic panelThe stock of used signboards procured from scrap cars is a good base for repairs, as the correct parts are many times cheaper than new ones. The programmer is used to adjust key codes, mileage, chassis number and zero position of the electric motor of the cursor, precisely for each type of car. As a rule, the electronic key code remains after the processor has been changed, but if the electronics does not recognize it, the key should be initialized.

frequent instrument panel failures


A case where nothing works, no lighting, no hands, no screen, no ignition switch


Flashing and pulsing everything on the board, simultaneously or individually, more often with a cold engine

 The pointer does not work

Most often it is a single failure of the hands, temperature, fuel and rotary meter

 Lighting does not work

It can cancel partially or completely, and often some of the signal lights will overheat


Does not work or works partially, rarely can the condition be repaired

Retrieved from: www.autostart.co.rs


  • Nikola says:

    Where can I install ice bulbs in the dashboard? From Bg sm

  • bg says:

    Where are the instate boards for the pasata b4 and what is the price? (for the sake of doing wrong shows, bagging)

  • darling says:

    Where can I fix a mile an hour on a4 a2005 XNUMX

  • Albert Horvat says:

    hello.I would like to know if you are repairing the engine dashboard? it is aprilia caponord etv 1000 2001 year.thanks in advance albert

  • Marko Sparic says:

    Does anyone know to explain to me why opel astri g 2001 year the ice bulbs will not work on instrument panel illumination. After that I returned the fittings that were correct on it, now they will not even light, there are three backlight bulbs. Then for a moment I just took out a light bulb that illuminated the vehicle's odometer, and put it back in place, and then it didn't light anymore. What is the problem?

  • Uros says:

    Why do I switch on and off the instrument panel is not just an instrument panel but everything inside and lcd and around the heating of the lamp, the ones that illuminate the question was touched in 2004?

  • Nebojsa says:

    Can you replace the dashboard lighting for the BMW E60?
    The standard is orange…. I saw that the M5 looks white and is more beautiful.
    Can you change those leds behind the board?
    I will be very grateful for your reply.

  • Tomislav says:

    On the Peugeot Partner 1.4.i 01 years, my instrument panel was dying, only the battery bulb and ABS are working, so where would I start? thank you

  • Milos says:

    Toyota corona verso, the light on the dashboard works, until I turn on the lights, then I have very poor lighting, I'm interested in what the problem is and the possibility of repair, Hello.

    • Ilija says:

      Elijah. On my car audi a3 2011 lost everything on the dashboard, dead dashboard when my master took it off now and put it back on it worked and started. What should I do next, should I change the whole hour and where should I buy others?

  • Mouse says:

    On the merc atego 812 truck in 2005, the dashboard does nothing. Are there any repairs and some approximate price of the repair. Thanks

  • dragan says:

    whether who repairs the fuel gauge on the instrument panel Nissan X-Trail 2005god gasoline, constantly varies

  • Ilija says:

    Elijah. On my car audi a3 2011 lost everything on the dashboard, dead dashboard when my master took it off now and put it back on it worked and started. What should I do next, should I change the whole hour and where should I buy others?

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