one by one the lights on my dasboard went out im not sure how to replace them i dont want to rip up the dash trying to fix it any ideas on how to go about it would greatly appreciated
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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser
Question: how to replace dashboard lights
Answer #1Johnny Mopar August 17, 2010, 14:52Master
INSTRUMENT CLUSTER LAMPS WARNINGS/INDICATORS
The instrument cluster warning/indicator lamps are not serviceable except for the turn signals Turn Signal Indicator Lamps and the high beam indicator Instrument Cluster Service Bulbs The instrument cluster must first be removed. Then the defective bulb and socket turns out. If any of the other indicators are burned out, the entire cluster must be replaced.
The illumination bulbs Instrument Cluster Service Bulbs are serviceable. The instrument cluster must first be removed, Then the defective bulb and socket turns out.
INSTRUMENT CLUSTER BEZEL
Disconnect and isolate the battery negative cable Disconnect and Isolate Battery Negative Cable
Remove the instrument panel top cover.. Using a trim stick (plastic trim tool) or equivalent, gently pry off the left and right A-pillar trim.
Using a trim stick or equivalent, gently pry out the front power window switch from the instrument panel center bezel. Disconnect the harness connector and remove Front Power Window Switch. Remove the one center bezel retaining screw Instrument Panel Center Bezel and Retaining Screw.Pull off the HVAC control knobs. Using a trim stick or equivalent, gently pry off the center bezel and remove Instrument Panel Center Bezel and Retaining Screw. Remove the two top cover retaining screws.Gently pull rearward on the top cover and unlatch it from the instrument panel and remove Instrument Panel Top Cover.
Remove the left lower instrument panel bezel.
Remove the left instrument panel end cap.
Grab the sides of the instrument cluster bezel and gently give a quick pull to unsnap the cluster bezel. Disconnect the turn signal lamps from the instrument cluster bezel. Remove bezel from vehicle.
Remove four screws to the instrument cluster Instrument Cluster and pull straight back to release off of self-docking connectors Instrument Cluster.
CAUTION: DO NOT turn cluster upside down for longer than 30 minutes (preferably NEVER) This can result in dampening fluid within the gauge pointer assembly to leak causing permanent damage to the instrument cluster gauges.
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