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The "D" and "P" mode in my instrument cluster does not light up, everything else does, Could it be only the bulbs? Also, my center bezel where I have the modes for "Heater/AC/FAN/Hazzard/Defrost, also

For the instrument cluster, I took it off and shoot it a little to get a bug out of the speedometer (yes I know.) Maybe the "P" and "D" bulbs lost connection. For the center bezel, there's a bulb in there I think it's the T 6.4 (aka 24), but still doesn't turn on.

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Moor then likely it the bulbs. Now some of the newer cars are using LED lights and they can't be replaced. Please rate my help

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Testimonial: "mines are def not LED. they are the stock bulbs. can I replace the stock bulb to a leds?"

  • Walter a jones ll Nov 24, 2014

    yes but it would not be costly .walter



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