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Changing the light bulbs of the dashboard


I solve my problems and I see the light
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Lights out on dashboard After 231552 km and 14.5 years the illumination of the dashboard is beginning to not work. In the full darkness - when only the lights of the car are on - the water temperature indicator and the bottom part of the RPM indicator are invisible. Now I tell how I fixed it.

When the car was assembled in the factory there were used new components. That means if you have only one burnt out bulb, probably the others will shortly follow. So change all of the 11 light bulbs in one procedure if you can.

What you need:
- 11 light bulbs (see below the type)
- screw driver (no longer than about 10 cm)
- about 30 - 45 min.

It is quite easy to access to the bulbs of the dashboard.

Set the steering wheel to the lowest position
1. Set the steering wheel to the lowest position. You can do this by pulling down the handle on the left side of the steering wheel.

Plastic cover
2. Remove the two screws from the top part of the plastic cover, after just simply remove the plastic cover.

Dashboard screws
3. Remove the two screws from the bottom part of the dashboard.

Dashboard screws
4. Remove the two screws from the top part of the dashboard.

Dashboard cables
5. Unplug the cables (with blue and green plugs) from the top part of the dashboard.

Remove the sockets from the backside of the dashboard, remove the bulbs from the sockets and insert the new bulbs. You can use LEDs with a resistor, but since the LED has very narrow light beam I recommend normal bulbs as originally. I show you why. Let's see the comparison.

LED and bulb
LED and bulb in the socket.

LEDs and bulbs in the dashboard
Top: LEDs in the dashboard, Bottom: bulbs in the dashboard.

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