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2003 Hyundai Elantra Instrument panel light burned out

The instrument panel with the heater and a/c control switches has a burned out bulb. Does anyone know how to get to it to replace it? Thanks so much.

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There are 3 little bulbs on the back of that cluster. They are easily replaced providing you can source the bulbs. There are 2 white ones - one on each end. And a green one that goes behind the A/C button. To access this cluster, remove the ash tray to reveal 2 phillips screws. Remove these and set aside. Next, in the gauge cluster over the steering wheel, there are also 2 or 3 phillips screws. These are in the top. Remove and set aside (duh). Now, starting near the ash tray, begin tugging the dash. It *should* start to come loose. It will makes some noise, but its pretty sturdy.

Keep in mind there are a few wire harnesses attached. Don't go all He-Man on it. These harnesses are easily disconnected and reconnected if you unclip them the way they are intended.

You should now be able to see the heater AC cluster. There are a few philips screws around it. Remove them. Pull out the cluster and rotate it around to reveal the back side. There you will see a little round disc with a slot in it. The slot may be painted or highlighted with red. With a small slotted screw driver, give this little disc a GENTLE quarter turn. You should then have your culprit bulbs in hand. They resemble Christmas tree lights!

It seems that these bulbs are hard to find and are most likely dealer only parts. I have seen some LED replacements in a few places online that may work, but I would prefer something of the OEM variety.

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Les3mcgowan got it all right, but I'd like to add a note that you will have to go to a Hyundai dealer for the replacement. And while it is tiny and does resemble a christmas tree light, you can't buy them in a bag of 100 for a couple bucks. They're expensive.
All my dealer had in stock was a bulb that was different, but somehow exactly the same, so he sold it to me for $5 less than the $14 it was worth on the assumption that it would fit and work (which it did thankfully).
Had they had in stock the bulb that was meant to go behind the air flow dial, it would have cost me $23! For a christmas tree light.

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Some of those lights can't be replaced without breaking something. Best solution is take it into the dealership and get an estimate of repairs (then maybe talk to one of their techs to see if you can pick his/her brain).

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