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How do you change the bulbs behind the dashboard?

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Undo any screws in the area around the instrument cluster and the whole fascia should pop out. then you need to take out the 4 screws holding the cluster into the dash and pull forward and undo the connectors (should be 2). after that find the black knobs on the back and twist counter clockwise. The bulb/socket assembly should pop out when it hits the right spot. I have often found that the sockets are hard to get a grip on and hard to turn and recommend using a wrench or pair of small pliers to grip them.

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