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Old 02-17-2017, 10:27 AM   #1
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Default 1999 Saturn SL Odometer Not Working

Okay this will be my second Saturn SL. I just received a 1999 S SL from a friend. First thing I noticed is the Odometer is not working. This is a digital version I believe. Where there should be numbers it's just blank. I need this to work to get PA inspection. Has this happened to anyone on this forum? If yes how easy to fix? I'm hoping it's a fuse issue. I'm I correct to assume it's digital? There are no numbers displayed at all - so It's not analog.

The car is in the shop. The shop called and said they can just buy another Odometer for $200. Again, I'm hoping it's just a fuse.

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Old 02-17-2017, 12:09 PM   #2
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Okay this will be my second Saturn SL. I just received a 1999 S SL from a friend. First thing I noticed is the Odometer is not working. This is a digital version I believe. Where there should be numbers it's just blank. I need this to work to get PA inspection. Has this happened to anyone on this forum? If yes how easy to fix? I'm hoping it's a fuse issue. I'm I correct to assume it's digital? There are no numbers displayed at all - so It's not analog.

The car is in the shop. The shop called and said they can just buy another Odometer for $200. Again, I'm hoping it's just a fuse.

Thanks
Ok it's seems like it is working - though the backlight does not. That is why I can not see it at night. I did not bother looking at during the day. Anyone change the backlight for a digital OD?

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Old 02-17-2017, 12:53 PM   #3
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Default Re: 1999 Saturn SL Odometer Not Working

$0.50 for a bulb is a lot better than $200...lol
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Old 02-17-2017, 03:25 PM   #4
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Default Re: 1999 Saturn SL Odometer Not Working

Odometer bulb for Gen 2 with digital is #73.
The others are a #74...

However, I think a PC74 from Superbrights will fit just fine,
And you can change the backlights to a different color at the same time...
https://www.superbrightleds.com/sear...nt-bulbs/pc74/

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I think we've all replaced that odometer bulb
http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=154888

I used a 74LL before I found out it was supposed to be a 73. Looks like I changed the bulb 6/2016 and it is still working today. The #73 is dimmer but supposed to have a much longer life.

In addition to the info on Low Saturn's differntracin site, richpin has a bunch of videos on YT - this one for removing the instrument panel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jXiwgm3bPg

The Saturn S series is exceedingly easy to work on, and well documented. We've had many newbies/non-mechanics come here to ask questions and then end up doing the work themselves when they realized how easy it was. And (no offense) many of those were women who generally don't work on cars.

I probably would have never tackled removing the instrument cluster had it not been for this forum (it was the first time I have done a panel removal)

As a new owner, I suggest you read the sticky thread in the general forum
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