Re: how do I change the dash board light bulbs in 2002...
First remove the ashtray. there will be 2 screws where the ashtray used to be. remove those. then you just have to pry the panel off it will feel like it will break but then you hear a pop a couple of them. and then you replace the lights
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You can access the bulb by going to the rear of the car and removing the internal side panels at the opposite side of each tail light. You should see the covering and the socket for the light which you need to remove to gain access to the bulb.
I finally replaced the Backlights, using a guide from a person at www.answerbag.com
(i've got an 04 limited. i just soldered in new bulbs for the lighting controls panel (5 #272-1092) and the digital HVAC panel (1 #272-1092 and 5 #272-1154). steering wheel control bulbs are next. )
Just buying a cheap Used one may be the best, if you are not good with dis-assembly and soldering small electric bulbs
Depending on the style you can get a Used One from an online junkyard for 25-50 USD Check LKQonline out.. http://stores.ebay.com/LKQonline
The most difficult part is getting the Climate Control Module out of the dash, to make the soldering new bulbs repair.The wood-grain Bezel needs to come off, BE CAREFULL, its long and flexible and can crack easy if the wrong pressure is applied or its cold outside or cold in the car cab. Its held in the dash with GM friction clips ( pain in the %$#) and 2 Phillpis screws behing Glove Box door. I worked the pull- pressure from the A/C vent on Right, left-ward to the center, and from Steering Column right-ward toward the center.Once the Bezel is removed, the Climate Control Module is seen, with 4 push-tabs on each corner. BE CAREFULL pushing in the tabs....I broke off one as in pushed too hard. Pry out Right side while pushing 2 right-side tabs gently together. Repeat for the Left Side, while pushing 2 left-side tabs together gently. The Climate Control Module should pop out.Use a 3/8inch Nut Driver to remove the headless screws that hold the Climate Control Module PushButton plate to the box. This will expose the Printed Circuit Board for solder replacement of the Bulbs.
you have to remove the dash board and replace bulbs that are busted. replacing the bulb is no problem . the problem is taking the dash off. need to remove the dash cover first before you can remove the actual dash.
another thing to consider is the speedometer cable which is attached at the center of the gauge.
Had same problem. 2002 Santa Fe. It is the fuse that says Tail Light (rt). They are connected, as well as with the visor light. My visor broke a while back, so I took it out, leaving the wires to dangle. Apparently, the wires were touching up top and shorting out. I took out the connector up there and now no problems.
they are on the same circuit but they are wired in parallel not series so having a missing bulb will not effect the circuit..
you need to test for power.. the switch sends power to th fuse and for the dash lamps goes through the dimmer switch if there is one fitted, then to the instrument cluster circuit board..