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I have recently blown a number of lights in my dashboard instrument cluster, the thermostat light and now the odometer light has also gone, i am considerin changing all of them, is this an easy job to open it up and replace them, and are the parts readily available??

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Hello!

Well it depends if you can wiggle the cluster without removing the steering wheel.
There are 2 screws securing the cluster on the very top of the cluster dome.
After you unscrew those have to push the cluster in a bit and then wiggle it out, release the cables going to the cluster and see if it clears the steering wheel (having adjustable steering wheel helps a lot)

If you manage to get the cluster out the bulbs are easily replaceable, and can be bought at any decent car parts store.

Hope this helps!

Posted on Oct 02, 2008

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