Lexus SC400 Problems

Dashboard Gauges May Be Hard to See Due to LED Problems on Lexus SC400

Problem Description and Possible Solution

There are reports of LED problems in the dashboard gauges. The lights burn out, making the gauges difficult to see at night, and require replacement.

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Lexus SC400 Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 150,499 (18,700–266,452)
9 model years affected: 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, more1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
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Same problem as others... the needles on the tach and speedo no longer display. I found a solution at They replace the needles for $99 and the backlights for $30. You will have to remove the instrument cluster and ship it to them. Its not a big deal to remove the unit (toughest part is unplugging the connector wires). You can even get the backlighting and needles in different colors if desired (i replaced mine with the original colors... red needles and white backlighting). It takes about an hour to pull the cluster and, the car can still be driven if necessary (i have driven mine without the cluster for 10 days while the unit was being rebuilt). Its a relatively simple/inexpensive fix to a real aggrevating problem.
Dash lights are getting dimer and hard to read. AC/Heater Defrost system just stop working completely.
Gauge indicator needles burned out, making the speed, RPMs, gas and voltage hard to see at night