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Old 01-18-2020, 05:13 PM   #1
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Default Replacing gear shifter PRND light bulb

Recently the illumination on my 2007 3.5 gear shifter stopped working. I couldn't find any threads about it, so thought I'd post one. I was actually worried about this, as without a gear indicator in the dark it's remarkably hard to know if you are truly in "Drive". Also, my kids are driving the car, and I fear they won't be too careful! For the sake of a couple of bucks....

First, it was remarkably easy and cheap (what a combination!). I was on the passenger side with the seat fully back to gain easier access. Step by step:

1. gently pull up the chrome surround and place to one side. I just used my fingers for all of this, no screwdrivers or even plastic levers needed.
2. then gently pull up the plastic cover surround of the gear shifter (note: it should just pop up slightly, with the part closer to the engine more in place, and the rear part towards the back of the car more elevated out of place. Don't try to remove it, all you have to do is just have enough space to gain access to the bulb on the left hand side.
3. Pull up the outer plastic surround that makes up the center console. Again, just enough to gain access.
4. the shifter is illuminated by a bulb on the left hand side of the shifter frame (as you face forwards in the car). There should be a wire leading the bulb around mid way. Twist the plastic holder of the bulb (sorry can't remember if it was clockwise or counter clockwise) and it will come off.
5. the bulb is a push fit into a plastic socket, pull to remove it.

Obviously reverse the process to put it back together. The shifter plastic surround (not the console surround or chrome surround) is the hardest to get back together, and I found gently pushing on the rear part was the best way to go. None needed to be forced, it was just gently pushing.

I bought two replacement bulbs from an automotive store for the princely sum of $2 (I think it said type 74 or something on the package). I recommend you take the blown bulb with you to compare to get the correct type.
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Old 01-19-2020, 11:02 AM   #2
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Default Re: Replacing gear shifter PRND light bulb

Thank you.

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