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Instrument cluster Bulb replacement
Posted 14 October 2003 - 12:49 PM
I know there is a bolt that need to be loosened to drop the steering wheel but I can't find it.. where is it?
Once I get to the cluster is it just a matter of unscrewing it and pulling it out or is there a speedo cable in addition to the wiring harnesses?
The bulbs that are burnt out are the ones that light up the numbers.. I believe its a 158 bulb.. I want to change them with LED bulbs or a blue tinted blue to make it whiter.. will a 194/168 bulb work? according to ebay they are interchangable but then again who trusts ebay.
The car is a 1994 Legacy Wagon (AUTO)
Sorry for the long post... thanks for reading.
Posted 14 October 2003 - 06:21 PM
Posted 14 October 2003 - 07:48 PM
Originally posted by gbhrps
I've never had to remove the instrument panel on any of my Subaru's but several other cars in the past, and came up against the same problem. Each time all I had to do was to remove the plastic covers on the steering column. Usually they split along the sides and are held to the steering column by screws located in the bottom. Once the screws are out just pull the bottom cover off and the top one should be able to be lifted off as well. That should give you clearance to remove the instrument panel without having to drop the steering column. Good luck!
Whoa good call on that one!.. what a dummy I am lol.. any answers on any other of my questions?
Posted 14 October 2003 - 09:33 PM
Posted 15 October 2003 - 03:06 AM
I have experimented a lot in recent months with the colour and bulb type. LED's are not going to work, since the lighting setup relies on fibre optics. LED's don't spread the light enough and you well get noticable dark spots on the dials.
A light blue tint on the bulbs will make the light whiter, but not very pleasant to my liking, too sharp. Having been through a number of other colours, I have finally stayed with orange. Yes, orange. The needles in my car are orange and the light complements this very nicely. At night the needles seem to glow rather than shine, very cool. The numbers don't go totally orange, they just glow in off-white.
I suggest buying a replacement bulb set from a Sube dealer since these are certain to be the right brightness and have the correct fitting system. Trust me, I have tried to save by purchasing other bulbs. No dice. Not bright enough - especially after painting them!
There are two or three wire harnesses to disconnect from the instrument cluster and one speedo cable. Pulling on the whole instrument unit should free the cable up, but CAREFUL, once it lets go the cluster comes forward pretty fast!
Getting it back on is more tricky, but it should be possible to get a hand up from underneath and grab hold of the cable. Make sure it clicks back into position.
If there is anything i have left out....you know where to find me
Posted 15 October 2003 - 05:53 AM
Posted 15 October 2003 - 06:41 AM
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