Many of us have had a problem with the buttons on our gauge cluster. I decided to do a definitive write up to help people out. For this method you will have to remove the upper cowl and pull out the cluster. You can find out how to remove the upper here
. Once you have the cluster out follow these steps to get those buttons working again. For this project you will need a smaller size phillips head screwdriver, utility (exacto) knife and two ball point pens. The older the pens the better as you will be using the ink tube and don't want ink in the section you use.
- Flip the cluster over and remove the 6 screws on the outside edge. Do not remove any of the other screws.
- Pull the front and back part of the gauge cluster apart. As you can see in the next picture the two white actuators had completely come off the buttons and were flopping around inside my cluster. You can take these out and throw them away if you want...you will not need them following these directions.
- Pull the rubber buttons out from the front part of the gauge. Don't be afraid just pull it right off...its rubber!
- Place the front and back of the gauges back together but do not screw them together. Now take one of the pens and stick it through one of the button holes and into one of the button pieces on the circuit board...it should fit perfectly into the top of the white button piece. Mark the ink tube so you can cut it flush with the top cluster piece. Now you can remove the ink tube and using your knife cut it. Now take the piece you just cut as a template and mark and cut the other ink tube exactly the same size.
If you removed the top gauge cluster piece here is what you have:
- Now take the rubber button and pull back on the edges to cut the stick like part of the button off. It is hard to explain but you will see what I mean in the following picture. In essence you are cutting the part out to make a pocket for the ink tube to go in.
You will now have this:
- Now put the front and back of the cluster back together. Put the rubber button piece back on using the screwdriver to move the ink tubes into place. If you notice the rubber button doesn't sit flush you can trim the tubes a tad or trim more of the rubber inside the pocket on the rubber button.
Step 7 - Flip that bitch over, screw those 6 screws back in, call it a day! Now both buttons should work. You can once again set your trip and clock...HELLZ YEA!
Hope this helped everyone with this oh so common problem.