Replacing the Instrument Panel Cluster (IPC) on a 2005 GMC Yukon

My speedometer was sticking so I wanted to get it fixed. I learned that in most newer GM vehicles – probably ones with electronic odometers – that the whole instrument cluster comes out. The GM dealer will charge you an arm and a leg for about 15 minutes worth of work that you can do yourself.

Doing a Google search I found that several shops offer Instrument Panel Cluster (IPC) repair/replacement. The catch is you are without a car while you ship it off and wait for it to return. I think it was worth it. I used CircuitBoardMedics.com because they’re cheaper than the other guys, and they repair in 1 day rather than replace in several. I also found their YouTube video – GM Instrument Cluster Removal – when I was researching “How To” repair/replace/remove the IPC.

Cost:
$149.99 CircuitBoardMedics.com
$30.00 shipping outbound
$19.95 shipping inbound
TOTAL: $199.94

GM Dealer quote: $550.00

I saved $350.06!

Replacing Vent Valve Solenoid & Purge Valve Solenoid (EVAP Valve) 2005 GMC Yukon

When you get a check engine light, your parts store can test it with a little electronic device – ask for the check engine light tester.

They go by many names, but look for EVAP Valve or Vent Valve Solenoid & Purge Valve Solenoid. The one in the rear of the car, near the gas tank, is known as the “Vent Valve Solenoid Canister.” The one in the engine compartment is called a ” Purge Valve Solenoid.”

Replacing the one in the engine compartment did the trick. I’d start by replacing that one first then test it.

Cost:
$25.97 Vent Valve Canister (fuel tank one)
$35.72 Purge Valve (engine compartment one)
TOTAL: $61.69

GM Dealer quote: $281.00

I saved $219.31!