dash voltage regulator replacement, '91 Truck?

1991 Nissan 4X4 SE truck, V6...temp gauge doesn't work, fuel gauge doesn't work, and no clock...sound like the dash voltage regulator?
Has anyone had any experience replacing this part themselves on an early 90's truck? Cost? I'm hoping to avoid the dealer on this if I can. Advice, suggestions appreciated.
Dave
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piece of cake, just remove the instrument cluster and replace the regulator.
I must have done a few hundred of them in my 15 years(and still counting) as a Nissan Tech

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Nisstech,
You were right on the money about the voltage regulator...$43 bucks at the dealer, and I was able to replace it myself in about 30 minutes. I now have my fuel gauge and temp gauge working again.
But it always seems like 3 steps forward, 2 steps back with my truck lately...I noticed that the very center of my instrument cluster is no longer illuminated...right behind the fuel gauge. I have an illuminated tach and an illuminated speedo, but the center part of the dash is dark. Any ideas? Is this a fuse or a replaceable (I hope) bulb?
Thanks again,
Dave
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Just out of curiousity, what are the specs of this Nissan Voltage regulator? Is it just a 12V DC regulator? If so, a 3-terminal linear voltage regulator which can handle around 1 ampere should only cost around $1 from an electronics supplier. $43 sounds like a rip off, but I guess that's what the dealers charge ...
Re: your bulb problem -- they are all replaceable bulbs. They are in little bayonette type sockets that are on the back of the dashboard pcb. Just give it a 1/4 twist. You can test for a dead bulb by swapping from one position to another. On my '87 truck, some of the bulbs are real oddball types, like for 'low washer fluid'. I think it was a #72, or something. I look EVERYWHERE for it. Finally I gave up and had to go to the dealer --> $6 each!!!!! Ouch. The ones behind the instrument cluster should be easier to find in an auto parts place, though.
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(El Kabong) wrote in message

El,
Sheesh, I wish someone had mentioned that electronic supply places carry Nissan dash voltage regulators...I never would have gone to the dealer in the first place. I tried the local auto parts places first, and no one had anything close to what I needed...first dealership quoted me $45 bucks for it, but they were out of stock and would have to order it...second dealership had one in stock, and the quote for it was $43, which, to me, was far better a deal than having to take it and get screwed over labor costs by dealer mechanics who probably would have taken two hours to complete this 20-minute job.
Just curious - a brief google search through online electronic suppliers looking for this voltage regulator turned up nothing for me...do you actually have a source you use for these types of auto electronic parts that you could share?
Thanks for the info on the bulbs...will be looking at this after work today!
Dave
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I didn't mean to imply you can just go to an electronics supplier and ask for a "Nissan voltage regulator". You would have to actually know the specifications of the voltage regulator. There are a gazillion+ types. Really, you would need some knowledge of electronics to ascertain the function and suitabilty of a (somewhat) generic substitute part. I don't have direct knowledge of what this regulator on the instrument cluster requires. I was merely conjecturing that *if* this is simply a 12 V positive regulator with three terminals, could it not be replaced with something like a 7812? However, I don't know this for a fact.
Sorry for the confusion. All things considered, your $45 was probably well spent.
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