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Odometer does'nt light up

The little window where the mileage shows up is blank. It does'nt show anything. Could it be a burnt bulb or something with the switches Other than that the car runs fine.
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    Thanks for the hints for my problem It was very helpful. At least I have a starting point. Thanks Tom



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The bulb is most likely burnt out if it is the style that has black letters with white background that goes around in a circle. if it is digital then there could be something wrong with the dash cluster it all depends on how old the vehicle is.

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If the other dash lights work... it's a burnt out bulb.... well at least two or more.... sometimes they can be replaced from under the dash... other times you have to take the unit out.

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