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Old 03-23-2004, 03:06 AM   #1
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I didn't want to ghettofy my dash with a piece of tape over the light, so I took my dash apart to remove my ABS light today. It'* been on a while, and I don't plan on fixing the problem any time soon.
Wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. The trim piece that the headlight switch comes through is a pain. The screws are easy enough, but the light switch, I couldn't find a way to get the **** off, so the trim wouldn't come completely detached. So I had to unmount the switch so it would hand by the wires. Then the clips that hold the wiring harnesses on the back are a bitch. The one on the right came off once I figured out how the clips worked. The main harness clip was more of a problem. The wiring wsa not long enough to turn the gauge pod far enough to see it. So I had to feel it off. But the metal frame on the back didn't allow the clip to slide off in the intended manner. So I had to blindly pry it off. That part took me quite a while.
Then I finally get it off, remove all the screws I can find, and it doesn't open up. Eventually I find that the front facing is an applique (as stated on the edge "Applique ASM" and can be gently seperated form its backing. I pryed accordingly then slid a piece of electrical tape down in front of the bulb.

Wahlah!! No more light!! There is still a little amount of light that comes around, but you wouldn't see it if you weren't looking for it.

That was today'* frustration.


...btw, rear steer... IT EXISTS!!
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Put a piece of black electrical tape over the socket.......the NEXT time you do this!
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How would I do that? I could barely get the tape down in front of it.

Also, I found that this dash panel was not the original. There is a sticker that stated 7/21/95 and several sets of signatures.
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my son had that same problem when he decided to take out his SES light bulb. Took him almost an hour to do so!!!
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Wasn't as easy as I thought it would be.
1) Didn't you find the directions in TechInfo for pulling the gauge cluster?
2) Why not just remove the bulb?

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Sure: just loosen the lug nuts back there and you'll be all over the road.
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I guess I got frustrated and decided to stop taking things apart before I broke something. The tape works. So I'm happy with it.
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I guess I got frustrated and decided to stop taking things apart before I broke something.
Speaking as someone who probably spends more time fixing other peoples' previous "repairs" than he does actually fixing cars, I salute you for knowing when to stop before making things worse...

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I appreciate it.
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