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Old 06-03-2010, 06:59 PM   #1
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Question Dash Light Burned Out

I have a 02 Pontiac Bonneville. I have Dash Lights but some of them are burned out. I would like to replace them but, GM wants to to replace the whole dash for 300-325. I don't have that kind of money for that. I would like to replace the bulbs myself even if i had to use LED'* I would but i can't find any anywhere. Can some one help me on what to do or even give me a place to go buy them. My radio is has the same thing happenning to it too. Just need to know where i can find 12 volt leds or the bulbs for the dash and radio. And IF you can supply a diagram of which side is ground and which side is hot (LED'* only power one way) That would be great. Thanks
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do you have an SSEi or SE,SLE, i have a spare SSEi cluster here that all lights work in it
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It is an SSEI How much for it
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The problem is that the bulbs are soldered to the board, and to replace them, the instrument cluster must come apart. Biggest problem with pulling the cluster apart, is pulling the needles off of the gauges. Many times when you pull the needle off, it will take the spindle that goes into the motor with it, which means the gauge is now dead. Best bet is to find a replacement cluster if you don't have madd electronicz skillz.
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Yeah I read that Somewhere just a sec ago. The thing is a guy said that he had luck in getting his changed. I have had luck in getting mine apart I just need to know where i can get the bulbs for it or LEDs (If they will dim) for it to replace it. I have a couple of ashes from a salvage yard hadnhey if the motor goes out.
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The problem is that the bulbs are soldered to the board, and to replace them, the instrument cluster must come apart. Biggest problem with pulling the cluster apart, is pulling the needles off of the gauges. Many times when you pull the needle off, it will take the spindle that goes into the motor with it, which means the gauge is now dead. Best bet is to find a replacement cluster if you don't have madd electronicz skillz.
Keep in mind, too, that if you swap out the whole cluster, you are replacing the odometer with one that shows a different total accumulated mileage. By law, a vehicle whose odometer does not read the actual mileage, must have a sticker placed on the driver'* door, indicating the odometer reading from the old cluster at time of replacement, and the odometer reading of the new cluster. This has been Federal law since 1973, if I remember correctly. As well, when you sell or re-title the vehicle, be sure you check the box that warns the buyer that the odometer does not reflect the actual vehicle mileage.
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Keep in mind, too, that if you swap out the whole cluster, you are replacing the odometer with one that shows a different total accumulated mileage. By law, a vehicle whose odometer does not read the actual mileage, must have a sticker placed on the driver'* door, indicating the odometer reading from the old cluster at time of replacement, and the odometer reading of the new cluster. This has been Federal law since 1973, if I remember correctly. As well, when you sell or re-title the vehicle, be sure you check the box that warns the buyer that the odometer does not reflect the actual vehicle mileage.
all he has to do is swap the mileage chip from his cluster to the new one. no sticker needed or law violation committed
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They could probably still get you on that technicality, but that would indicate you acted "in good faith". The proper way is to document the change, but mileage chips usually fly undetected.
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