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Rear light unit removal

How do I remove the rear light cluster unit? I have stupidly dropped a bulb into it and cannot reach to get it out.

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  • Tim Bateman Jan 22, 2009

    Thanks, could not find a magnet and did not think of blue tack!

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Hi

Have you tried taping a little magnet, or blue tack, on to a piece of wire ?

Might save you some time !

Good Luck

John.

Posted on Jan 22, 2009

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See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6


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Fig. Fig. 1: To remove the instrument cluster, first remove the trim panel by removing the lower fascia panel


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Fig. Fig. 2: With the lower fascia moved aside, remove the lower trim panel attaching screws ...


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Fig. Fig. 3: ... as well as the upper attaching screws


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Fig. Fig. 4: Then pull the entire instrument trim panel from the dash board


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Fig. Fig. 5: Exploded view of the instrument cluster


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