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RCA HD61LPW165; Bad Color Wheel; How to get to it to replace

I have an RCA HD61LPW165 Scenium with, apparently, a bad color wheel. Apparently it's easy to replace, once I can get to it. How do I get access to it? I've replaced the lamp, previously, but need a little direction (or pictures) for the color wheel.

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  • Anonymous Jan 27, 2009

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  • Matt Moreno Oct 12, 2015

    The color wheel is replaced from the front, behind the screen. Remove the screws holding on the back and slide it out of the way. On the sides you can see where the back cover blocks access to 3 or so screws that are on the back side near the speakers. Remove these screws on both sides of the backside of the speaker grill. Pull out the top of the grill about an inch or two, then pull it straight out. It is on friction fasteners. Remove the remaining screen perimeter screws on the back then gently lift the screen off. Be careful there is ribbon cables attached. set the screen down in front of the TV. Gently disconnect the ribbon cable connectors, they are labeled but are identical size, and set the screen aside. There is a plastic cover below the mirror that houses the top of the light engine, remove the two screws on the front on either side. Then slide the cover up and out, careful not to touch the mirror. Now you can see where there is a aluminum finned heat sink, next to the side of the bulb on top, this is where the color wheel is. Remove the two ribbon cables the tiny gray and orange colored ones from the light engine module. There are two Philip head screws on either side of the color wheel, unscrew those and slide the color wheel assembly out straight up. It has a rubber gasket on it, be careful not to damage it. Remove the old color wheel with the three tiny torx screws (I think it is a T-10 but very tiny like that), then slide the color wheel out. Replace with the new one, be careful not to touch the flat surface of the wheel. Clean the lens in the color wheel assembly and re-assemble. Be sure to put the cables back into their grooves under the gasket. Be sure to also clean the main lens as well as the backside of the screen and your will be amazed at how much better the picture is due to the cleaning.



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Sounds as though your tuner module is not working or you have a lack of signal to the tuner. You need to be sure that the set hasn't been switched to a different mode ( ie: from tuner to video..etc ). If all is correct in that matter, are you using a satellite dish. If you are infact using a satellite dish, then the signal strength from the satellite is not suffecient. ( you may need to realign the dish ). If you are on a cable signal ( cable TV ) you may have a bad input cable and need to call the cable company to check their input line. If all is well with the signals coming in, then infact, you may a bad tuner module in the TV. Good Luck
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They make two different color wheels for the Rca DLP are you positive you got the right one. As usually its a straight forward install no adjusting needed. Post the chassis number off the back of your set and I will try to help you out with it.

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SOURCE: how to replace the color wheel on a RCA DLP

RCA DLP color wheel replacment is most efficiently done from the behind the screen, not the back panels where the guts of the DLP are located.

From there you do not need to remove anything but the color wheel and disconnect the two wires.

If you want to see pictures, email me and I can send you pictures. email:

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