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Old 11-08-2002, 12:17 PM
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Instrument light bulbs replacement - Help

Hi everyone,

I know this is probably a really stupid question but Ill pass it on to You guys anyway since Im frustrated by it.

My instrument light bulbs for the spedo and tacho needs replacement (one is dead and the other one is dead most of the time). I havent figured out yet how to access and replace them and what fuse in the fusebox that I should check. I think I looked pretty much everywere on how to acces the bulbs without sucess and Im not to fond of tearing the panels out on random.

Please give me some advise.

Thanks in advance.

Mikael Westerberg
1984 500 SEL
Vanersborg Sweden

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Old 11-08-2002, 12:24 PM
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It is very simple:

Pull the instrument panel forward and be careful when removing the connections. Turn and pull the brown sockets from either side of the assembly. replace the bulbs that are in the sockets.

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Old 11-08-2002, 12:31 PM
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you will have to pull the instrument cluster to access the bulb holders. Look here for an exact how to for your car. Be sure to replace every bulb in the cluster while you are in there.
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Old 11-08-2002, 01:49 PM
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Many thanks,

I really appreciate Your help. I will get busy with my old coat-hangers.

Thanks again.


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