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Old 09-06-2009, 11:11 PM
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Default Dash lights out

I know someone posted how to do this, can you post again? How hard is it? What else can I check before I take it all apart?

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Old 09-06-2009, 11:20 PM
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Step #1 Using a 7mm socket, remove the 2 screws holding the radio bezel








Step #2 Pull radio bezel out slightly





Step #3 Using 7mm socket, remove 4 screws holding kick-panel below steering wheel. Note: 2 screws are under hood release handle














Step #4 Drop hood release bracket and pull kick panel out









Step #5 Using 8mm socket, remove 4 of the 5 screws holding kick panel metal brace














Step #6 Just loosen 5th screw in kick panel metal brace enough to drop brace to clear bottom 2 screws in instrument cluster bezel








Step #7 Using 7mm socket, remove bottom 2 screws in instrment cluster bezel








Step #8 Using 7mm socket, remove top 3 screws in instrument cluster bezel











Step #9 With tilt steering wheel, drop to lowest position. Also pull tranny shifter to "1" position (if automatic). Note: Make sure emergency brake is set! Pull Instrument cluster out from the
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Step #10 Using 7mm socket, remove 4 screws holding instrment cluster












Step #11 Gently pull instrument cluster out from the right side, far enough to reach the 3 electrical connectors. Electrical connectors have release tabs to push in before pulling
connectors:












Step #12 Instrument cluster lights are in black caps. Turn caps counter-clockwise to remove light bulbs


















Step #13 Light bulbs pull out of black caps





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Old 09-06-2009, 11:23 PM
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U check u fuses?
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Old 09-06-2009, 11:25 PM
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Yeah I did, I think the bulbs are most likely toasted, or wires. I know the 99's are known for electrical problems.
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Old 09-20-2009, 11:12 PM
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Hey that tutorial is exactly what I was looking for, but I wan to change the back light on my 2002 B-2300 from the stock green to blue, and was wondering if it was a piece of tinted hard plastic over all the bulbs or what, do you know STL?
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Old 09-23-2009, 06:46 AM
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Hey that tutorial is exactly what I was looking for, but I wan to change the back light on my 2002 B-2300 from the stock green to blue, and was wondering if it was a piece of tinted hard plastic over all the bulbs or what, do you know STL?
Thanks,
-TD
I wish it was as simple as that lol i have modded two clusters for blue lights. You have to pull the entire cluster out peel off the overlays and sand the back of them. You have to sand them because the "green" is painted over all the numbers and stuff on the overlay. Once you get it all sanded off, just throw in direct 194 blue LED replacements and you're good.

kinda crappy pic but you get the idea lol.
White face gauges out of an explorer with blue LED's

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Old 09-23-2009, 09:08 AM
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^oh wow I've already peeled them out and new the paint was on the back but I never thought of sanding them! great idea!

Damn though, I wish I had white not black. I was thinking about printing up some vynal stickers and having them cut at kinkos but I like this idea better, a little more, possible. haha

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EDIT: when you pulled off the gaugues, how did you put them back on in the perfect spot? I figure if I fill up the gas tank I can get that, and run it for a while and throw the temp gaugue on where it always rests in the middle, but what about the speedometer? I'm afraid it'll throw everything outa whack.
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Old 09-23-2009, 10:53 AM
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Couldn't you take a piece of paper and put it over the needles before you take them out and mark it. Have sort of like a template when you go to put it back together.
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Old 09-23-2009, 01:00 PM
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you gotta "calibrate" the speedometer. the tach you can just put back on when the truck is running if you remember your idle rpm making it easy. There is a how-to on R/F but i can't find it cuz im banned lol
shane wrote it out ill ask him later on for it
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Old 09-23-2009, 01:14 PM
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I'll post it later.

OP....whats the problem now? You know 99's are known for electrical problems? Ummmmmmmmm not really there bud. Have you checked your dimmer switch?? If there's a damaged wire there or even if the dimmer is toast, the dash lights won't light up....
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Old 09-23-2009, 01:21 PM
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I got the how-to up in the how-to section of the site.
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Old 01-11-2010, 09:18 PM
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2 screws under radio, 4 screws under kik plate. 3-4 screws on dash bezel . 4 screws on dash window. 3 up under ceiling of dash. (be sure to remove hl light switch front knob and back elec plug. no need to remove elec plugs on bac of dash if u have tight fingers. remove lamp sockets (6) 1/4 turn cc, replace with 916 bulbs, there u go. Not real difficult. Just a little patience and a few scews.
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Old 08-17-2011, 07:50 AM
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Thanks for the detailed instructions on how to replace the dash lights! Everything worked as instructed. Saved me a lot of time and $$$$$$!
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Old 02-12-2013, 04:52 PM
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Default Re: Dash lights out

Hi everyone im gonna post this on this thread just incase anyone has issues with putting in new led 194s in. Youve followed the tutorial above you get everything back together and your lights now are not working which was/is my case right now, i cleaned all the connections/leads and the lead/tongs on the black pieces you twisted off earlier but still nothing, it was a good precaution. I solved my problem by reversing the led in the holder 180 degrees just turning the led around and boom! Do this to all 6 of them and should work like a charm, hopefully this solves someone elses problems!
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:30 PM
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Default Re: Dash lights out

Does anyone knoe where i can find tht type of white nd blue guage cover for a mazda b2300 2003??
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