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Old 05-01-2007, 06:55 PM   #11
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Haro, very nice pictures. Exactly what i thought. They mixed LED'* and incandescent bulbs on the dash. The turn signals are clearly incandescent, as well as the high beam indicator. Looks like the red ones are incandescent with some type of colored rubber over the bulb. The true LED'* are clearly visible in the PRND123 lights and a couple other places like the km/h and mph indicators. I thank you for the pictures. Looks like if i want all LEDs on the dash, i need to de-solder the incandescents and solder on some LED'* in their place.

Just doesn't make sense to me why Pontiac would mix LED and incandescent. Make them all LED or all incandescent. I guess it'* the same with the stereo system and other such things Pontiac did that is just pure and plain stupid.

They put this awesome sound system in these cars with amplifiers and great speakers, but put the sh*ttiest stereos in so that people that buy these cars can't even appreciate the sound quality unless they put a different stereo in. So, first the stereo thing, now the bulb thing. WTF are these engineers doing over there? I have to see if i can call them and ask them these questions because this is just absolutely baffling.

Again Haro, thank you for the pics. I can now at least find some colored rubber to fit over the bulbs to change the color of the bulbs. If that is really colored rubber on those red bulbs like it looks like.
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how do you plan on changing the color of the highbeam indicator or turn signals in the cluster overlay?
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Also Haro, if you could do me a favor? See if that red color on those bulbs is removable and also see if the incandescent bulbs can be taken out of their sockets or have to be desoldered. Looks like they can be removed from their sockets.
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how do you plan on changing the color of the highbeam indicator or turn signals in the cluster overlay?
I wouldn't change the color of those, there'* no need to. I was just thinking about changing the color of the gauges, especially the Boost gauge should be a different color like blue. If all you have to do is change the color cap of the bulb, then it'* pretty easy.
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all those red and orange bulbs are LED'*...

all bulbs are soldered in
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smacked the dash a few times and it lit ip
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does the back come off without breaking the needles. How do they come off? I need to fix my lights, only half are coming on. Thanks..Q
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I've just replaced all of my indicator lamps on my dash. They aren't an exact match - but seem to output about 90% of the light of the original lamps. The radio shack ones were far too dim, outputting only about 30% of the light of the originals. Here are the lamps I used:

http://www.mcminone.com/product.asp?...%5Fid=25%2D940

I ordered 10 (only need nine, but cheaper to buy 10 and get the discount).

Now, here is what I NEED someone to help me with...

Please take a couple pictures of your indicator needles at rest with the car turned off. Using those pictures, I can place the panel in place, turn the car on, turn if back off, and reattach the indicator needles according to the pictures.

I tried to remove them carefully without moving them, but while holding, opening, desoldering, and resoldering on the dash panel some of the indicator needle pins have moved and I can't place them correctly.

Somebody please respond SOON!!

Thanks,

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BoneZ, whenever you change your bulbs can you do a picture step-by-step write up? I would like to change mine as well ( can't yet ) and I go over real well with seeing pictures of it done instead of reading it.

If you do it please tell me lol if not thanks anyway

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Just a quick update...

I've put everything back in, without dedicated pics on the indicators. I went to ebay motors and searched my vehicle and there were two pics that were helpful. It appears that, at rest, all of the indicators are about 3/16" below the lowest mark on the painted scale. It appears to be accurate.

Actually, I placed the unit in the dash without the clear lens and did a test drive. The tachometer seems to idle in the same place, but the speedometor was off by 1 mph as compared to the HUD, so I adjusted that one, replaced the clear lens, and finished the install.

All is working great now!
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