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#1 (permalink) Old 10-20-2003, 11:39 PM
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The 2 outside lights on the dashboard (ie behind the fuel gauge and rpm indicator) have burnt out, can I replace them myself, or do I need to take my car to the shop?

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if you can take out the gauges out yourself than replacing them is a easy. but getting them out is kinda tricky. ill give you a quick tutorial and you decide if you want to replace them yourself. the details are sketchy because i dont remember what exact tools are nessecary (its 12 at night)

use proper screwdriver and remove screws located above gauges. next pop the tabs where the screws were anchored down and out of the little space that it occupies.now push at the bottom and use a 90degree pick to pull at the top. once loose move your steering wheel all the way down and use a rag to cover the steering wheel (to prevent scratching) and finesse the gauges out enough to access the plugs located in the back. next use the 90 degree pick and pop off the quick release for the 3 (maybe 2) gauge plugs. now finally pull the gauge pod out (hard part) through the side of steering wheel. locate proper bulbs and replace. and reverse the process to install.

its harder than it seems . just letting you know ahead of time.

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i forgot if your located in the greater Toronto area lemme know i might be able to help you out.

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