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Old 01-14-2008, 10:46 AM   #1
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Default instrument cluster bulb

well it looks like the seat belt light in my '02 VUE has burned out. I'm usually a stickler that all dash lights, even the most annoying ones, need to work, so I'd like to replace the bulb.

Anyone have any advice / guidance on how to get in there and replace the lamp? I don't feel like paying the dealer $100 to replace a stinking light bulb!

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Old 01-14-2008, 07:47 PM   #2
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There was a good post by GReeder about a month ago. Here is the cut and paste of the post.

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Re: '03 instrument lighting
Not hard at all. MAKE SURE THE LIGHTS AND ALL POWER IS OFF BEFORE DOING THIS!

1st remove the two screws on the underside of the glare shroud (over the gauges)

2nd, the lower portion of the shroud is held in with clips, lower the steering wheeel as far as it will go and pull the shroud straight toward you. (a little force is necessary)

3rd, remove the four bolts that hold the cluster in place.

4th, pull the cluster out.

The tan colored hexogonal bases are the lamps, the white one is the lighting for the odomoter numbers.

to test the lamp filiments: take the lamps out (1/2 turn ccw) using an ohm meter across the leads the lamp should read almost 0 ohms. An open is a bad lamp.

When you install the lamps make sure to turn them fully to the stops or the tabs will not make contact and not light. I did this with the two 'opera' lamps on the top so the needles did not light up, and had to take it apart a second time just to turn the lamps 1/1000 of an inch.


Hope this helps.

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Old 01-17-2008, 10:51 AM   #3
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Thanks, VTchemist. I appreciate the pointer.

Unfortunately I think the problem is not the bulb.... it randomly comes to life and works, but stops working if I clip and then unclip the belt. I wonder if the problem is the switch in the buckle.

I hope this isn't a sign of impending bcm issues.....

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