The Dimming of the Day...
that the right side of the instrument cluster seemed a little
dim. Sure enough, it appears the lighting on that side of
the cluster has gone out. I took out the factory service
manual and read the instructions for replacing the bulbs.
lists this procedure right BEFORE the instructions for removing
the cluster, which involves removing the steering wheel. I
am hoping the bulbs can be replaced with the cluster left in
place. This would seem logical but sometimes in cars like
these, service of parts that don't often go bad can be
I did find a
message on the Crossfire Forum that gives me some hope.
Here is what the writer suggests.
an FYI for anyone needing to service their own speedo
cluster. You do NOT need to remove the steering wheel
need to remove the bottom half of the driver side dash (fuse
cover also) and
remove the mid-section dash which includes the cluster
part is tricky but once you have unbolted the bottom dash
and lower screws and tabs to mid section, you need to
carefully pull down the top part of the cluster garnish to
release the tabs that go behind a lip under the upper dash
the steering wheel telescope positioned closest to the
driver is a must.
did this whole process myself in less than 2 hours and it
wasn't hard. This can be done in less than half an hour if
you have the manual, I just didn't know where all the tabs
and screws were.
are about a dozen screws to remove in the whole process and
that's about it.
plausible for removing the cluster but I am still hoping that I
can get up behind the cluster by removing the lower dash panel
and side cover. We shall see...
We shall see...