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  1. Hello. Spanking new to this forum. I'm doing minor restoration to 1996 Impreza I bought for $600 (only 90K miles!). Basically, I'm detailing/major cleaning of interior. With much much difficulty I pulled the instrument cluster out in order to replace all the bulbs, some of which were burnt out. This model has a nasty mechanical speedometer/odometer cable rather than a wiring harness like newer models, plus (at least in my experience) there is hardly any slack at all within which to twist & tilt the instrument cluster unit. My wrists are all scratched up from trying, and I actually broke one of the clear plastic tabs keeping the clear lens aligned. Dash lights are green as usual, but the "mechless" stereo unit I installed (BOSS) has an intense blue display. I'm changing the dash lights to blue to appear more consistent. I'm replacing the instrument backlights with LEDs from http://superbrightleds.com but haven't chosen specific products (e.g. T-5s and T-10s) yet. Figured while I have it pulled out I'd do this since once the dashboard is back in place I am not removing it again! Dash lights are green as usual, but the "mechless" stereo unit I installed (BOSS) has an intense blue display. I'm changing the dash lights to blue LEDs to appear more consistent. My Problems: At night, there is absolutely no backlighting etc. for the 4-way mirror controls, and the 4 pwr window switches. The engineers kindly added "bumps" to the driver's side door --in order to feel where the window controls are-- but it'd be so much more convenient (and safer) if those 4 switches were illumined in some fashion. I haven't pulled the bezel (for windows switches/door latch) but I doubt they are backlit. They didn't put in a low-fuel warning light, so why do the other useful things. I am adding a lamp or two in order to dimly shine onto the window switch panel and onto the mirror control panel. Like tiny spotlights, but of a low intensity as to not distract the driver. I just want the driver to see where they are at night, rather than feeling around for a few seconds with one's left hand. I have locations staked out for positioning these & will be installing the corresponding socket bases. My Question: I think I know where I can draw power from (there is an unused, brown wiring harness next to the emergency flashers push on/off switch, apparently for an accessory never included on this particular model. Maybe I can run a lead from that, but that presents its own issue: it has 4 contacts, instead of the convenient positive/negative. Does any know how I can 1)properly get power to these new bulbs, and 2)connect them in such a way so they dim along with the instrument cluster lights? BTW I'm buying dimmable LEDs. I guess I'm looking for an electrical schematic rather than trial & error and screwing everything up. I can't seem to get my hands on a repair manual so old, which probably would have a diagram or something I could refer to.
  2. My speedometer stopped working. It has intermittently came back but when I saw it come back on, it was not registering actual speed and dropped out again. I investigated the cluster. It seems to be ok. There was an older thread about a bad solder joint but it's on a 99 model. The panels on the flex circuit are totally different than the 98 model which I have. ODB2 shows speed sensor. Haven't checked that out yet. Any thoughts.
  3. This writeup is intended for the Subaru Loyale / GL \ Third Gen Leone (1984 ~1994 EA82) models, however... ...many ideas shown here applies to other car's instrument clusters. I Hope the Procedures that I will explain here, will be Helpful for people who want to remove the Dashboard and instrument Cluster on their Subarus, without breaking the old plastics, nor damaging anything. Also I'll explain how to Clean and Retrofit LED Bulbs on the instrument Cluster and the Dashboard's button panels. Warning! The Procedures I'll Explain here are based in my Own experience with my Subaru "BumbleBeast" instrument Cluster and Dashboard, My Subie is a 1985 California -USA- version, Carbureted EA82 Wagon with the -almost- Clear (yellowish) instrument Cluster, Newer models has a green tinted clusters. The procedures I explain here are for the Left Hand Drive Subaru Models, with analog Clusters. Despite that different models came with different clusters' designs,the ideas I post here, shall work on the analog clusters... ...those Ideas and Procedures are NOT intended for the Digital instrument Clusters, that came on the Luxury GL-10 Models... ...but those also can have LED lights retrofitted, I'll show you photos in further posts of this Writeup. Important Note: please be careful when applying these ideas, especially the Right Hand Drive Subaru Models, which has Reversed sides. Disclaimer: Use this Ideas, and all the ideas I share on the forums, at your Own Risk! Prior to Remove the Dashboard's Cover and take out the instrument Cluster, I had sometime Looking for its Parts and Diagrams, Here... ...and here... ...and I Found this... ...Useful Diagrams... ...and Part Numbers... Part of the motivation to do this was also the Oil Pressure Gauge on my Subaru "BumbleBeast" because it was reading below the Low Mark. That happened when the Cable that comes from the Sender at the oil pump, accidentally got loose and its plug touched bare matal (Ground) around, it made the needle to go Up more than its Limits, stretching its internal coil, and since then, it Looked like This: I went to the Local Subaru Dealer to see if they had the Replacement, and they did, but they sell the whole Part from the instrument cluster, and it doesn't have the Oil Pressure Gauge, it was the LADM (Latin American Domestic Market) Specs version for the EA71 engined models, because it had a Lower RPM's range Red line: at 5.5K ... This is the Part the Local Dealer's salesman showed to me: and this is its part Number: So, I had no choice except to figure out how to Fix that Low reading Oil Gauge, and finally I Did it! ... ... Continue reading, I'll explain how, in the Followin' Posts. Since I was at the Dealer, I purchased three new Bulb's with Sockets, just in case I break a Socket, but those where Not needed at all. However, I posted the above picture just in case anybody needs its part number. After that introduction, I'll Start to Explain the Procedures in the Followin' Posts
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