Dash board lights

Interior and Electrical

  1. Camtron

    Camtron Well-Known Member

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    how difficult is it to replace the dashboard lights; is it pretty straight forward or are they sealed into the gauges or anything?
    I’ve had the dash opened a number of times to replace speakers, radio and wire in a tachometer but, never bothered to look at how the gauges were installed. One of the bulbs on my Speedometer burnt out last night and I can only see half of the gauge at night so, figure this will be a great time to replace them all.
     
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    You pull off the front bezel first. You have to do that with the gear lever in "1" and by unscrewing it from all the clips along the top and bottom edge. Newer cars will have strong velcro at the bottom too.

    Then the speedo has some screws along the edge that hold it in place. I think these are 8mm hex heads. Once those are out you have to unscrew the gear indicator pointer with an allen key. I think that one's SAE and not metric but I forget. Move that off to the side and don't lose the set screw. Finally reach behind the speedo cluster and there's a push clip that attaches the speedo cable to the gauges. It's a pain to get undone but once you've gotten the hang of it you can do it without looking.

    Finally the bulbs unscrew from the back. Usually I pull out the blue gels that cover the bulbs and you get a nice warm glow from the cluster that looks like an old radio instead of that dull green. Much brighter and looks nicer.

    You can get LED bulbs but the colors are always all wrong.

    Hope that helps.
     
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    No minty green glow!? HERETIC!
     
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    Very appreciated, I’ll give it a this weekend. Thanks!
     
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    Mission accomplished. Had to take the lower dash trim off (where hood release is mounted) to get my hand back up to the speedo cable clip. Opened the gauges up and removed the blue/green gel covers; Now all my gauges match my tachometer at night and I can see my gauges perfectly.
    Thanks for the help.

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    You're welcome! Looks great!
     
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    I would love to figure out a factory looking tach for where the huge fuel gauge is then put the fuel gauge in where the idiot lights are on the left, maybe a K-car fuel gauge or something. Someday maybe I'll get to it. That will be the week after I solve famine and peace in the Middle East.
     
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    I’ve thought about getting rid of the airbag indicator (air bag is deleted from the car) and replacing it with a small fuel gauge so I can put the tach in the dash we’re the large fuel gauge is but, I think making a whole custom gauge bezel might be the way to go. Not sure...but I really like the fuel gauge that’s the size of Wyoming too lol I’ll figure it one day