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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-03-2009, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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Dash Light Out

I just got a 2002 Forester and everything looks good except the clock (found that in another thread) and the dash lights. My left side dash lights won't work so my fuel gauge is dark as well as the left half of the speedometer. Fuses look ok, I do have one that doesn't have any label (on the diagram it looks like there shouldn't be any fuse there, but there is a fuse). Is it just a burnt out bulb? If so, how easy is it to tear out the dash and replace?
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1.drop the steering colom down to the lowest point
2.undew 2 screws under top of instrument surround cowl pull out.
3.4 screws hold in speedo housing 2 top 2 bottom undo and pull out to release cluster,should come out enough to get hand behind to twist out the dash light bulbs ( i think theres 4/6 of them in total not sure) when you get the bulb housing out the bulbs themselfs should pull out (501 type)
replace as required,hope this helps.

4. Do the reverse to replace and put back together.
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Thanks for the information. I've gotten the cluster out and have the bulb removed. I've taken it to every auto store in town (about 4 here) with the bulb, but no one has it. Does anyone know the bulb number/type so I can try to order it?
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Peaty,

Could you please post that dash bulb PDF here? I am already registered on too many boards and took too long to register here tonight.

Thanks a lot if you don't mind terribly.

I have been looking for this information for a few weeks and a friend sent me here.
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Not to be a meany about it or anything but I've spent about 10 years putting info. on the site. Taking pictures writing mods editing pics and trying to keep it current. That's countless hours of toiling away for free. Makes me sad it's too much trouble to register but here it is.
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I'm sorry, didn't mean to insult you. just very frustrated at trying to find info and there it was but I couldn't read it until I registered for one more forum.

Now that I know what you have to offer I will log in to your home forum.

And a large thanks for the bulb specs!

I would offer to return the favor but I am very new to trying to do my own repairs on Subi. If you need answers to woodworking questions I'm happy to help.
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Peaty I really appreciate all the hard work you have put on this website. I would be clueless and my car still in the awful shape that I inherited it in if it was not for all your pics, descriptions, etc. Keep up the good work.
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the info on this site has saved me stacks of cash
thanks to all who contribute!!
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is there a bulb for the odometer back light? radio back light? mine crapped out :(
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is there a bulb for the odometer back light? radio back light? mine crapped out :(
mine did too. any luck with the odometer light bulbs?
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Has anyone replaced their dash lights with LEDs? I am wondering how they would look and function compared to incandescent. The benefit would be there longer life, but they might give off a crappie color or not enough light for a dash application. Any thoughts?

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