Just bought my first Toyota, a 1999 Sienna LE, with instrument cluster issues. It was priced accordingly, worth the risk. The main issue is that the left two odometer LEDs are dead, so true mileage was unknown. I had to sign a form acknowledging no mileage data.
A speedometer specialist shop will repair the cluster for about $180 if I remove the cluster, which should be no problem. They claim they can restore the actual mileage too. But the shop is 90 minutes away so there’s a cost for driving time, plus an inconvenience factor in that I have to drop off the cluster and wait all day, or come back another day. So I’m inclined to just buy a junkyard cluster, likely price about $50. But Siennas are scarce in the wrecking yards.
Is it feasible to just replace the odometer LEDs as a DIY job? Are the components available, and if so, from who? I’m guessing that replacing them is a circuit board repair, which I might prefer to give to a local electronics repair tech far more proficient with that than myself. Or is this a highly skill intensive job? Depending on cost of parts and work on the board, this might be an easier and / or more cost effective solution.
Anyone have any thoughts?
I’d just forget it, but my business bottom line benefits from mileage deductions, so I’d like to be able to track those miles. Turns out the transmission looks like just replaced, which I hadn’t detected before buying.