combination meter repair - DIY

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    I live hours away from LA, but we're kind of desperate for an affordable fix! So far it's still working? Was the 160 including labor? We just bought this car used, for my mom who's retired. 2009 Prius with only 99k. A month later, it started having the black screen issue, today. We've basically spent all our funds, new tires, hoping to have a reliable trouble free car. Now this. Past the warranty, purchased 9/2008.

    Anyone know of any bay area shops that offer similar affordable repair? We're a little freaked out by this, and definitely aren't capable of repairing it ourselves.
     
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    Curious about going this route! How did you get them to give you money off the repair??

    We bought this 2009 Prius with 99k a month ago, from a local person. Paid $150 for our Toyota dealership to do a pre purchase inspection. They said it was in good condition aside from tires. Today, dashboard didn't turn on.... twice. Out of the blue. Key fob trick worked. But i'm worried it'll get worse. It's only 48 degrees out, not that cold! We spent most of our saved up funds, and I was hoping for a stress free car for my retired mom. So stressful.

    We're not at all DIY people either, i'm impressed by you guys! But that's not an option for us.
     
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    Gosh that $160 price is nearly worth a drive from the Bay Area. Check for a mobile mechanic in the Bay I’m sure there is one specializing in this repair. four hours of your time plus materials might make it worth hiring a local guy.
    My last check the capacitors that fix the problem are $24.00 the skill to put them in, $200.


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    You can fix this yourself, just need some very basic tools. The cost to get a refurbished unit is $150 from texashybridbatteries.com.

    You can watch some YouTube videos that will show you how it's done

    Maybe @Raytheeagle will want to tackle a combination meter on his next meetup in the bay area
     
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    An ESR meter will help determine faulty caps.
    Capacitors are mainly used as filters, low, high frequency signals, mainly on the B+ lines, with the values changing with location to the components, such as regulators, ASICS and the like.
     
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    Maybe between @SFO and i we could work something out;).

    He’s probably on borrowed time with his 2007 and the combo meter:cool:.

    Might be good practice (y).
     
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    That would be great, just be extra careful and don't break the air vents when you remove them. And put a towel on the steering wheel, so you don't scrap it up when you pull the dash in and out
     
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    This can be completed by using the videos on YouTube. There are several very helpful ones. Its a really cheap fix if you just replace the capacitor.

    This video shows you how to remove everything carefully.



    This video shows you how to replace the capacitor.
     
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    In the original post where this video was published, comment was made by an electronics technician that it was a bad idea to piggy back (connect in parallel) a second cap as shown in this video. The better method is to remove the bad cap and replace it with a new one. It is also better to replace it with a cap of higher capacitance, the details of which maybe contained elsewhere in this thread, but definitely in this thread. Also of note, is that at least two other caps should be replaced for a more robust repair. Again details are in the other thread.
     
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    Do I need to unplug the 12v battery to remove the cluster? It seems like yes but I saw two youtube vids and neither mentions to disconnect the 12v battery.
     
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    As long as the car is IG-OFF, you should need to, but you can if it makes you uncomfortable to leave it connected.
     
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    Yes. You should always remove 12V power before you mess around with disconnecting electrical circuits. In this particular case you also have to disconnect and remove the passenger-side airbag, which is more reason to make sure no 12V power is present before you start.
     
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