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Old 08-18-2014, 03:12 PM   #1
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Wrench Light bulb behind the Odometer burned out....

So, I know it's a huge pain to get a replacement bulb back there.

I wonder if an LED would make sense if I do decide to get that taken care of.

Anyone? Beuller? Beuller?

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Old 08-18-2014, 08:05 PM   #2
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So, I know it's a huge pain to get a replacement bulb back there.
No, it really isn't. It's fairly easy. Remove the lower panel beneath the steering column. Remove the cluster bezel torx screws, pull out the bezel, and you have access to the instrument cluster mounting screws. You need to push the steering wheel height adjustment as low as possible to remove the cluster. Once the mounting screws are removed simply pull the cluster out. It's a plug-in unit. Be sure to remove the fuse for the air bags first to avoid accidental deployment.

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I wonder if an LED would make sense if I do decide to get that taken care of.

Anyone? Beuller? Beuller?
I've replaced the odometer bulb and it is an LED. It's the only one on the whole instrument cluster.

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Old 08-19-2014, 04:53 AM   #3
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Default Re: Light bulb behind the Odometer burned out....

Hmm, my '03 L300 odo bulb burned out after 10 years/80k miles. I found a different incandescent replacement since it was difficult to find an original. Most leds are fixed permanently like most of the indicators (ABS/airbag/oil/battery/seat belt/check engine) - not easily replaceable like the odo bulb.

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Old 08-19-2014, 08:10 AM   #4
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Hmm, my '03 L300 odo bulb burned out after 10 years/80k miles. I found a different incandescent replacement since it was difficult to find an original. Most leds are fixed permanently like most of the indicators (ABS/airbag/oil/battery/seat belt/check engine) - not easily replaceable like the odo bulb.
Odd, I went to my local Volkswagon dealer and was able to order those bulbs? I also think your local GM dealer should be able to get those bulbs.

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Old 08-19-2014, 12:01 PM   #5
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Default Re: Light bulb behind the Odometer burned out....

I was able to purchase my replacement odometer bulb two years ago through the local Chevrolet dealership. I was told there that this one was an LED, not incandescent. Nevertheless, it's the only style bulb of its kind on the instrument cluster.

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Old 08-19-2014, 04:51 PM   #6
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I was able to purchase my replacement odometer bulb two years ago through the local Chevrolet dealership. I was told there that this one was an LED, not incandescent. Nevertheless, it's the only style bulb of its kind on the instrument cluster.
That is what I found odd when I ordered that bulb and the rest....but one is white the rest are blue.....go figure...

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Old 08-19-2014, 07:51 PM   #7
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While you and I were able to find what we needed through our respective GM dealerships it's also possible that, in the region where our friend fdryer resides, his situation could've been otherwise. This may surprise both you and me, but there can always be differences in the supply line from one region to the next.

As for the color of the bases of the replacement cluster bulbs: apart from the odometer bulb, my originals were blue and the replacements have been an off-white, or beige color. FWIW, I don't concern myself much with the color of such things - and I'm not suggesting that you do - because manufacturers change those items for their own purposes after the factory lot has been used up. In this case it's merely cosmetic.

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The odometer bulb is not an LED. It is a regular incandescent bulb with an etched surface for even the light distribution. It is Saturn/GM part number 21019273. The same bulb was used for the odometer on the 3rd gen (2000-2002) S-Series. The part number for the other gauge cluster bulbs is 22695949.

Saturn parts are actually easier to obtain now since the demise of Saturn. You used to only be able to get Saturn parts from a Saturn dealership. Now you can go to any GM dealership that is a Saturn Authorized Service Center and order Saturn parts.

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A shortcut on removing the cluster. You don't need to completely remove the padded panel below the steering wheel. Just pull firmly on the top edge to release the spring catches. The bottom will just hinge down. This gives you access to the bottom bezel screws.

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