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I always keep my display screen rotated through so it's "off" or not showing. While driving the display screen (miles, mileage, trip, etc) will randomly pop up one of the settings such as Miles, or Language selector, or business trip. At certain times it will change the language to French or Spanish; thank goodness I took four years of French and I know some Spanish so I can switch it back.

 

Anyone know why this happens? Fixes?

 

Truck is 100% stock. 2003 with 57,000 miles.

 

Thank you

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If you aren't hitting the button when you drive, then it is possible that the button or possibly the wiring or clockspring are shorting and activating the display.
Is it only on turns that it happens?

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I am not touching the buttons at all. It doesn't do it only on turns. Sometimes when I hit bumps and other times when I'm driving on the flattest roads. today it didn't do it at all on the way to work...

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Sounds like a short in your clock spring.

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I'm not sure if you are being serious or not. Clock Spring?

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The clockspring is the unit that handles the electrical in the steering wheel.
Airbag, horn, steering wheel buttons and the electrical for those, runs through the clockspring.

It is a ribbon of wiring that spools out and back in when you turn.
It is about $250-$300 and if installed wrong, you can destroy it with the turn of the steering wheel, but can be done if you follow the proper procedures for the install.

 

Is your airbag light on? Does the light go out after start up?
If the airbag light isn't on, then the short may be isolated to the steering wheel switch and it may be possible to just live with it.
But, be aware that it will eventually start to fail in other things.
If the airbag light comes on and stays on, then you'll want to have the clockspring taken care of.

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I'm not sure if you are being serious or not. Clock Spring?

Yes I was serious....

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Just an update I sent my cluster to Steve gmgaugeguy.com and he rebuilt it, and now no problems anymore.

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