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News   February 15, 2012   by CARS Magazine

Delphi Launches Instrument Clusters

Delphi Automotive announced the launch of remanufactured instrument clusters for a variety of GM applications from 1996 to present. Part of an integrated engine management system, Delphi instrument clusters provide critical vehicle data...


Delphi Automotive announced the launch of remanufactured instrument clusters for a variety of GM applications from 1996 to present. Part of an integrated engine management system, Delphi instrument clusters provide critical vehicle data including odometer reading and speed, engine temperature and RPMs, battery voltage and oil pressure. 

“In many cases, critical dimension data is not available to properly remanufacture clusters, so while main functions may work, there is the potential for certain features to be compromised,” said Mark Shasteen, vice-president, independent aftermarket, Delphi Product & Service Solutions. “However, as an OE supplier Delphi engineers have data and calibration expertise, which means technicians using our remanufactured instrument clusters can trust they will get fully functioning features and displays for each GM make and model.”

All Delphi cluster cores are remanufactured with the same OE parts, engineering and high quality standards used during original manufacturing. Without those OE product specifications and software, some competitors can only conduct simulation testing to validate functionality. Delphi is able to go one step further by conducting parametric testing at the electronic component level to ensure proper operation and longer-term reliability. In addition, offering a reliable remanufactured aftermarket product helps support the environment by effectively reusing existing product instead of throwing it away.

Technicians replacing instrument clusters on GM vehicles can send the defective part to Delphi’s U.S.-based remanufacturing center. Delphi’s data system conducts an initial analysis, which captures the odometer reading, serial and VIN numbers, customer complaint, the technician’s diagnosis and other pertinent information. After initial testing, a Delphi technician replaces defective components at a reassembly station using OE parts. Parametric testing at the electronic component level — as well as cold testing if needed — validates operation under all vehicle conditions.

Each cluster arrives into the shop fully programmed and calibrated with critical information, such as steering wheel control functionality and the customer’s odometer reading — critical because clusters cannot be stocked due to legally mandated odometer-setting requirements. Engineered intelligently and with dimensions designed to fit the right model, the clusters install easily with no additional time-consuming steps.

Delphi instrument clusters fit a wide variety of popular GM applications for technicians’ next customer order including:

  • Cadillac Escalade – Chevrolet Silverado
  • GMC Sierra Denali – GMC Yukon
  • Chevrolet Avalanche – Chevrolet Suburban
  • HUMMER H2 – Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Pontiac Bonneville – Chevrolet Cavalier
  • Chevrolet Blazer – GMC Jimmy
  • GMC Sonoma – Buick Regal

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