How to Remove a Gauge Cluster and Install an LED Dash Lamp Kit
Poor lighting on dashboards is not so attractive when it comes to the aesthetic value of your vehicle. It is important to maintain a well-lighted dash in order to prevent accidents due to speed miscalculations. Dash lamps are responsible for lighting up the icons that indicate speed level, amount of gas, proper direction of turn signal, and more. Do not compromise your safety, and replace all those faulty lamps immediately. Here's a guide on how to replace your old lamps into new LED dash lamps.
Difficulty level: Easy
What you'll need:
- Rubber gloves
- Socket Set
- Phillips screwdriver
- Slotted screwdriver
- New LED dash lamps
Step 1: Remember not to park your vehicle directly under intense heat of the sun so that you can work comfortably. Choose a well ventilated area. Prepare all the materials and tools needed so you won't be in a hassle later on.
Step 2: We recommend that you wear rubber gloves for protection. However, if you're more comfortable without them, just make sure to be extra careful and cautious.
Step 3: Before removing the gauge cluster, make sure that the engine is turned off.
Step 4: Unplug the negative battery cables.
Step 5: You need to wait at least 10 minutes before proceeding with disassembling the dash. This step will prevent the airbag to go out while you are working on the dashboard. Just skip this step if you do not have an air bag on your vehicle.
Step 6: Use an appropriate screwdriver to remove the screws (usually there at least three screw) in the plastic trim around the cluster.
Step 7:Carefully take away the bolts that hold the plastic dash panel. These are located underneath the steering column. Use a ratchet and the appropriate socket for this step.
Step 8: You need to tilt the steering wheel. Make sure that it reaches the lowest possible position.
Step 9: Gently hold and pull the trim located on the right side of the gauge. This should release the plastic clips that hold the trim in place. Remember not to tug the plastic, because it might break due to pressure. Just look for screws that you may have overlooked that cause the resistance.
Step 10: Use the appropriate socket and ratchet to gently remove the bolts from the clear plastic over the gauge cluster. Be careful not to scratch the clear lens that covers the gauge cluster.
Step 11: Gently and carefully remove the gauge cluster out of its setting.
Step 12: Unplug the wires that run to each switch and gauge.
Step 13: You can now pull the gauge cluster from the dash.
Step 14: Replace each lamp in your vehicle's gauge cluster with the appropriate color. If you're going to change the color of your lighting, you have to remove the plastic lenses inside the gauge clusters.
Step 15: Remember to check gauge lighting prior to the installation of these lamps. Make sure that all lamps and wiring are in good condition.
Step 16: Do not change the brake pressure or brake lamp indicators with LED lamps.
Step 17: Reverse the process when putting back the gauge cluster.
Step 18: Turn on your engine and check if the lamps are working properly. If you notice that the lamps fluctuate or do not light, remove them and reinstall them with 180 degree twist.
Installing LED dash lamps is relatively easy. You can do it in an hour or less, so better change those faulty lamps immediately.