Arthur, thanks for that info! Any chance there's another post somewhere detailing how to get to those bulbs to replace them, or do I have to actually remove the instrument cluster?
I think replacing bulbs with the reach-hand-up-behind the installed cluster method would be easier. To remove the cluster you already have to get your hand up there to release the speedo cable clasp, and from what I recall you have a little wiggle room to reach around for the black handles. The mapping I gave shows how to map which burned out bulb to which black handle. So you could feel around and find the black handle that corresponded to the bulb that was burned out.
There's no post yet on the best method, so keep us posted, and it will become the post!
I just recently fixed a light that wasn't working. I had changed all the bulbs when the dash was out so I figured it wasn't burned out just a bad contact and I didn't want to pull the dash cluster back out. I popped the upper metal dash panel off and you can see all the bulb connections through the top of the dash. If you roll the drivers window down and have the door shut you can look down through the dash from the outside of the car through the windshield and see and reach the back of the bulb holders, give it a 1/4 turn and pull it out. Clean up the contacts and maybe tweek them in a little to put some tension on the contact legs and change the bulb. Put it back in and test it, then reinstall the upper dash panel and be happy with your bad self
Unnecessary spending and detailing of a Bluesmobile.....has been approved.
I popped the upper metal dash panel off and you can see all the bulb connections through the top of the dash. If you roll the drivers window down and have the door shut you can look down through the dash from the outside of the car through the windshield and see and reach the back of the bulb holders...
Post by legendaryacura8 on May 10, 2012 17:04:42 GMT -5
So, lo and behold, I popped off the IPUC and turned the lights on, and they all worked! Didn't even do anything. I'll be monitoring it from now on t see if they go out again. Next question is kind of related so I didn't think it was worth a new post. I was tinkering around with the dash getting ready to install the oil/temp gauge, and my hands are just too big to work effectively in the small cutout under the IPUC. What are the steps to remove the speedometer? I've heard it's a beast of a job, but I already saw some things I wasn't sure about. The main thing that had me stumped were the four white plastic studs holding the bezel in place over the speedometer. I couldn't find a picture of them on the speedo, but they're the same as the ones on the oil/temp gauge:
Actually information on removing the speedometer completely probably would make a good new thread in the Monaco Maintenance forum, but I'll leave that to the moderators...