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Old 09-15-2002, 07:59 PM
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Temp Guage Bulb on W202

I have a 1995 C36.
Anyone know why the temperature guage on my dash does not light up? The rest of the digital display (odometer and clock) seem to be okay. Is this a bulb or a fuse? How hard is it to replace?
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Old 09-15-2002, 09:01 PM
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It has it's own bulb. Don't replace just that one, do all seven at once. It's about $20 for the bulb set.

The dealer will do them for you for about an hour's labour. Or, buy the cluster removal tools, and do it yourself. You slide the removal tools into the gap between the cluster and the dash at the top, and use the hooks to release the cluster and pull it out.

Replacing the bulbs is simple after that.

A caveat: this is not a time to be ham-fisted, as you can break the cluster, and you don't want to know the price of a new cluster!
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Old 09-16-2002, 01:41 AM
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7 bulbs??

John, are you sure??

I remember last year one of my bulbs went out, I had the dealer replace all bulbs as well.... and I told them that I wanted the old bulbs back....
Well I remember there being about 20 something light bulbs in the instrument cluster that they replaced.... so please confirm?

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Old 09-16-2002, 10:30 AM
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Odo, Outside temp, Clock, Speedo, Tach, Temp Gauge, Fuel Gauge. Didn't do the warning lights...(maybe I should have, but they are on so infrequently...)

But, now that I'm so durned good at changing those bulbs (and have the MB tool) I AM NO LONGER AFRAID OF CLUSTER BULBS!

Mazda owners, be afraid! I did the bulbs on our 626, and it took all weekend. You have to take the entire console and lower dash out before the cluster comes out. The 626 only has two main bulbs, one for the tach/temp and one for the speedo/fuel and they are brutal to reach. The dealer wants some 4-5 hours for the job.
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Old 09-16-2002, 01:56 PM
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Odo, Outside temp, Clock, Speedo, Tach, Temp Gauge, Fuel Gauge. Didn't do the warning lights...(maybe I should have, but they are on so infrequently...)

But, now that I'm so durned good at changing those bulbs (and have the MB tool) I AM NO LONGER AFRAID OF CLUSTER BULBS!

Mazda owners, be afraid! I did the bulbs on our 626, and it took all weekend. You have to take the entire console and lower dash out before the cluster comes out. The 626 only has two main bulbs, one for the tach/temp and one for the speedo/fuel and they are brutal to reach. The dealer wants some 4-5 hours for the job.
BlackMercedes,

Thanks for the information. How difficult is it to do this job?
Can a non-technical person like myself handle this with the right tool?
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