Crown Vic Odometer Display and Climate Control Problems

Fleet managers everywhere: Listen up!

The Ford Crown Vic Police Interceptor is one of many vehicles used in a fleet situation.  Nearly every, if not all, police and sheriff units use these vehicles on a daily basis to ensure our safety.  With the vehicle being in a fleet, those law enforcement employees are typically required to track mileage traveled in those vehicles.  While this shouldn’t be a problem, it is.  The 2006-2009 Ford Crown Vic and Mercury Grand Marquis have a chronic problem of the digital odometer display going out or becoming very dim on these vehicles, including the police interceptor package.  Unfortunately, this makes it difficult for anyone driving one of these vehicles to keep track of their mileage.

One solution for this problem is to order a new instrument cluster from the dealership.  I called on one just this week and the discounted price was approximately $460, so you can estimate probably around $500 or more with tax included.  Some dealerships require that they remove and install the cluster as well.  Go ahead and add on $200-$250 for this.  Now you are looking at $750 per cluster.  If this is for a police department I’m sure it is coming out of our tax dollars as well.  Ick!

The other option is to have the cluster repaired by someone such as Auto Tech Rescue.  Simply remove the cluster from the vehicle.  (contact us for instructions on this if you need assistance)  Ship it to Auto Tech Rescue.  We will repair this problem for the low cost of $100 and ship it back to you the next day.  We guarantee our work and are determined to satisfy each and every customer.  We don’t want you spending your hard earned money or our tax dollars on expensive parts from the dealership when they can simply be repaired.

Another problem that you may run into on these vehicles, actually all Crown Victorias and Grand Marquis ranging from 1995-2011, is air blowing out of incorrect vents and fan speed on the heater and A/C control (climate control).  We can fix that also.  The cost is $145.  The 1995-1997 Crown Vic, Mercury Grand Marquis, and Lincoln Town Car also carry a problem of the clutch not engaging on the AC compressor, which is a problem in the climate control unit.  We can repair this as well for $110.  Remember, we offer free shipping on all orders over $100!

Now, you can order these parts new from the dealership and spend lots of money.  You can also call your local salvage yard and order a used one for a decent price.  However, it may end up having the same problem.  If yours is beyond repair, I would suggest contacting us anyway.  We can order one in through our salvage yard, repair it, and sell it to you without any worry that it will have the same problems.   You can’t go wrong with Auto Tech Rescue!  Contact us today!

If you ever have questions about anything listed or not listed on our site, feel free to email or call us.  There are instances where we can fix items that we don’t have listed yet, though we do try to stay on top of this and continue to add new items frequently.  We hope you will trust us with all of your automotive electronic needs and will work our hardest to earn that trust.

Thanks for reading!

Lindsay Fanning

Toyota Highlander Climate Control Problems

Toyota Highlander Climate Control Problems

First of all, I have to say I have always liked Toyota.  Growing up, my parents had a Toyota 4-Runner that they kept for years.  It looked good, it was comfortable, and it was reliable.  I have owned a few myself and enjoyed every one of them, including a Toyota Highlander which I am currently still in.  We rebuild salvage title vehicles, so I switch it up pretty often.  It is fun to drive them for a little while, sell them, and build another.  Side note – if you are ever interested in doing this for yourself visit our sister company 43 Auto –  We would love to sell you a rebuilder.  Ok, that truly was a side note… moving on…

Although I feel that Toyota does an overall good job of producing a reliable, good vehicle, they are lacking on the climate control center for the year range of 2001-2007 for their Highlander model.  It doesn’t matter if it is the automatic controls or the manual, they both seem to have trouble.

On the manual controls, we have had many customers complain that they can no longer adjust the temperature or perhaps the fan speed.  The knobs become loose and inoperable.  This can be extremely frustrating, especially if it has hit the dead of winter or summer.  And if you are like most of us, we wait until it is the 100 degree day in May (when it has been consistently 77 prior) to figure out that we need to have our heater and AC control fixed.  Oops!  I’ve been meaning to do that all spring….is usually what comes with it.  This is also a problem for the automatic climate controls.

Another issue that the automatic control carries is a total and sometimes spontaneous power loss.  It may flicker here and there, but eventually it will probably go out.  This is even worse!  Now we can’t see anything either.

(I’m not sure what happened during those seven years, but somebody must have had a flaw in the design.)

When this happens, you have a few options.  One, you can call the dealership and buy a new one for around $800-$900.  Yikes!  I hope it doesn’t end up having the same problem.  The second option would be to call your local salvage yard, or 43 Auto, …ok I had to throw that one in there!  I looked one up that we have in stock and it is listed for $250.  Now, this is an option that some have to make if theirs is broken to the point of not fixing it or completely missing out of the vehicle.  And don’t worry.  We will make sure that it is in working order before you receive it.  That is the benefit you get with buying from 43 Auto!  However, if you still have yours and it is still in good condition, besides the fact that it may not have any power or the knobs are no longer working, then I would recommend the best option, which would be to repair it.  It is covered by a warranty and is the cheaper option.

Some would say you can do this yourself.  You may be able to.  There is a lot of information out there these days that will tell you how to do something.  But why spend your entire weekend trying to figure out how to take your climate control apart, fix it, and put it back together…ok so maybe a little longer than your weekend trying to teach yourself how to do something that you’ll probably only do once.  Seems silly to me.

Another side note – I have a friend who says he went to school for a number of years and he no longer will do anything that is not required by his degree (when it comes to tasks like this).  Of course, he is being a little extreme.  And yes, he still mows his own yard on Saturdays, or he did until his children became old enough to take over this task.  However, his point is that he isn’t going to waste his free time (the little free time he has) trying to learn something or do something that he doesn’t have to do and that someone else could probably do better who is skilled at it.

This is why I recommend hiring someone like Auto Tech Rescue to do this for you.  We have done it enough times that we know what we are doing.  We have tools and necessary equipment to do it right.  We can get it done in one day for you so that you get it right back and it can be installed so you aren’t driving around in the 100 degree weather without an air conditioner.   We offer a warranty so if something happens, you aren’t out anything else.

Spend your weekend with your family or simply relaxing.  Go to the beach.  Go to the lake.  Go for a walk.  Don’t pull your hair out looking for the right tools, staring at your computer, and then potentially messing up and ruining your controls.  Life goes by too fast to spend all of your free time messing with your car parts.  Leave this type of repair to the experts.

So, what was the point of this?  Simple.  Spend your free time doing the things YOU want to do.  Send your broken climate control to Auto Tech Rescue.  Keep your hair (don’t pull it out).  You lost your hair already?!  Well…go for a walk and send it to us anyway!

Thanks for reading!  Have a wonderful morning, day, or evening!  We hope to see you soon!



**Another side note – to remove your heater and AC control try using an old credit card and wedge it between the control panel trim and the dash to pop it loose.  Then go to the opposite corner and do the same thing.  Jiggle it gently so that you don’t break it, but it will come straight out by doing this if you are patient with it.  You will need to remove some bolts holding it in place after you remove the trim.  Now, it may be worth spending a moment on you tube viewing how to do this.  I’ll make sure to add a video soon for these instructions as well.

Another option would be to run by your local mechanic and have him take it out for you.  It doesn’t take long, so I’m sure they wouldn’t mind.

GM Speedometer Repair

GM Speedometer Cluster Repair

Do you have gauges that have quit working, gone haywire, or are stuck?  Do you have a display that no longer lights up or has gone dim?  Have you lost all power to your instrument cluster?  We can repair your faulty GM instrument cluster with a 24-hour turn around to get you back on the road in no time!

Here at Auto Tech Rescue we can repair numerous car electronics including GM speedometers and instrument clusters, GM ABS modules, transmission computers, FICM, third brake lights, vehicle clocks, Ford Message Centers, as well as a number of other speedometer clusters for makes such as Honda, Nissan, and Ford. Pretty much, you name it, we do it when it comes to defective automotive electronics.

One of our largest areas of expertise is in instrument cluster repair.

Many times your gauges will become sticky or completely stop working altogether. This is a chronic issue for GM vehicles especially. Lucky for you, we replace them with better functioning gauges that carry a lifetime warranty on them. So you don’t have to worry about this problem in the future. Another issue is power loss. All power to your cluster will suddenly go out. Not everyone who works on speedometers can repair this type of problem. However, we are skilled at mending this type of defect. When it comes to light bulbs, they are going to go out eventually. We will replace them with new ones, but we cannot warranty them. They should last for a number of years. However, unless they are LED, they will probably go out again if you keep the vehicle long enough!

When it comes to GM speedometer repairs we can fix the following issues:

Digital display malfunctioning on the following vehicles:

1999-2002 and 2007-2013 for the following:

Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra, Chevy Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Chevy Avalanche, GMC Envoy, Chevy Trailblazer, and Chevy Suburban. (This includes the NEW body style for the 2007 Silverado and Sierra.)

We also offer this service for:

1996-2000 Chrysler Town & Country

1996-2000 Dodge Caravan or Plymouth Voyager

1997-2005 Buick Century or Pontiac Regal

1994-1998 Ford Mustang

1997-2006 Ford F150

1997-1998 Ford Expedition

2002-2004 Honda CRV

2006-2008 Honda Ridgeline


We also will replace faulty gauges, repair burnt out lights, fix power loss issues, and problems with the PRNDL not lighting up on the following: 

2003-2007 Silverado, Sierra, Tahoe, Yukon, Avalanche, Envoy, Trailblazer, and Suburban. (This includes the OLD body style for the Sierra and Silverado)

We also offer this service for the following GM vehicles:

2003-2006 Cadillac Escalade

2003-2006 Chevy SSR

2003-2005 Chevy Venture

2000-2005 Chevy Impala and Monte Carlo

2002-2005 Buick Lesabre

2004-2007 Buick Rainier

2000-2005 Pontiac Bonneville

2003-2005 Pontaic Aztec

2003-2005 Pontiac Grand Am & Grand Prix

2003-2006 Buick Rendezvous


Even though GM has won the popularity contest in this field, it is not alone. We can repair the gauges and lights on this list of vehicles as well:

 1995-1999 Dodge Neon

1999-2003 Ford Windstar

2005-2007 Ford Mustang

2003-2007 Hummer H2

2003-2006 Isuzu Ascender

2003-2004 Oldsmobile Bravada/Silhouette

Talk to anyone who has owned or currently owns one of these vehicles and I guarantee that they will confirm that this is a problem. Fortunate for those car, truck and SUV owners, businesses like Auto Tech Rescue are here to help!

We have a passion for taking these components apart and restoring them back to a like new condition! Send us your faulty instrument cluster today. You won’t regret you did.

Like I said earlier, we offer a lifetime warranty on the gauges that are replaced in your cluster. We also make all repairs the day we receive the item from you. We will ship it out the next day via UPS Ground service. That is unless you want it sooner. In that case, we will calculate a price on expedited shipping and let you decide if you want to pay the difference.

Keep in mind that you CAN drive your vehicle without the cluster installed. Of course, it is not ideal. However, it is possible.

Don’t live with inaccurate readings on your speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, oil pressure, and etc. Call us today. We are ready to serve you! Our number is 417-483-7475.

Or if you are ready right now, go ahead and box it up and ship it to us. Make sure you put plenty of bubble wrap or paper around the cluster and a box that it is big enough for it to fit without touching. Ship it to: Auto Tech Rescue 5446 Butterfield Drive Loma Linda, MO 64804.

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Welcome to Auto Tech Rescue!

Welcome to Auto Tech Rescue!  Though we may be new to the world wide web, our services are not.  Through years of managing our family salvage yard located in Joplin, MO, we have obtained the knowledge and skills necessary to repair numerous car and truck parts.  As you can see from our site, we can repair instrument clusters, speedometers, odometers, heater and AC controls or climate controls, ABS modules, transmission computers, FICM (fuel injector control module) units, digital displays, clocks, radios, and more!

If you can't find the part you need repaired on our site, send us a message.  It may be something else wrong in your vehicle that we can help you with.

We offer a service to not only local businesses and residents in the Joplin area, but also to anyone else located in the US and Canada.

For our local residents, you can drop off your part at 43 Auto located at 5394 Hwy 43 in Joplin (just off of I-44 exit 4 and South of Petro Truck Stop) anytime during the week between the hours of 8:00 and 5:30.  We will repair your item that day and have it available for pick up the following day.  If you ask nicely, we may even pick up and deliver it for you!

For those of you not located in or around Joplin, no problem!  Simply ship us your item.  Make sure to use plenty of bubble wrap or paper to keep it from breaking in transit.  We will repair it the day we receive it and ship it out the next day via UPS ground service.  Of course, expedited shipping can be requested if you need it back sooner.

Try us today!  We offer a lifetime guarantee on instrument cluster repairs and climate controls and limited warranties on our modules.  If we can't fix it, you don't pay anything for our service to look at it.

You can trust us will all of your automotive electronic repair needs!



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