2000 Astro instrument cluster

2000 Astro instrument cluster

Postby miracleboat22 [OP] » March 5th 2011, 11:53pm

we have an Astro 2000 early version bought off show rm flr (I know, I wont do that again!) Our Right Directional lamp on the cluster burned out,along w the Heater light.
An un named authorized dealership said i had to buy a new CLUSTER and quoted $350. the vehicle would be down for at least 2-3 days. Online there are places to buy a used cluster but I am wondering if the lamps are changeable? And will my mileage be changed if I bought another used cluster?

I cannot believe changing an instrument light on any vehicle would be this tough. Apparently Chevy changed from individual bulbs in the 95-98 mini vans
to an integrated approach to the cluster. I am editing this AS TO NOT be OBSCENE!

help and ideas GREATLY appreciated!

Lou in Bklyn
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Re: 2000 Astro instrument cluster

Postby Phantom » March 6th 2011, 2:49am

It is very easy to remove the cluster , the dash bezel plate is held in by metal clips

Slowly pry up on one end then gradually move around the perimeter pulling toward you a little at a time till it pops out , sort of like removing the lid on a can of paint . Once you get the bezel loose you'll have to put foot on brake and then move the gear selector downward and manuver it around till it comes passed the steering wheel . Then disconnect the Negative battery cable to prevent any damage from arcing while pulling it away from electrical connector on the backside of cluster . Then there are 4 screws one in each corner that hold the cluster in place . Then grab each side of cluster and pull toward the interior of van to release it from connector and pull it from the van . Then you turn it over to the backside and you will see the bulb locations , bulbs are replaceable PC74 is most common in the newer vans ,it is very very small and has a socket base attached to it , they can be found at parts stores like NAPA

Check Engine Light PC 74
Instrument-general PC74
Hi-beam indicator PC74
Brake warning PC74
Directional signal indicator PC74

For more bulb type info go here:
http://www.sylvania.com/ConsumerProduct ... esults.htm

You can find good used clusters in a salvage yard for around $20
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Re: 2000 Astro instrument cluster

Postby miracleboat22 [OP] » March 7th 2011, 5:26pm

Phantom

You da MAN!

Much thanks for your detailed description of the repair INCLUDING THE part # of the lamps
I cannot believe how the dealerships all seem to want us to replace the entire cluster for mucho dolares for one or two dead lamps

thanks again!

Lou :layrubber:
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