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#1 Fordtastic

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 07:15 AM

Hi everyone.Have a small but annoying issue with my MK3's dasnboard illumination.The computer window set in the rev counter no longer illuminates,not a problem,just annoys me.Haven't looked at it yet.Does anybody know if it's an easy fix,or am I best off putting up with it?

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 09:02 AM

Personally i would wait untill one of the other bulbs blow and replace them with LEDs, (most of the rest of the clocks are iluminated by 4 larger bolbs, if there are dark shadows one of them is blown) the screen is still readable if you squint at it



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Posted 28 May 2013 - 09:38 AM

I'd replace it and fit with Lockwoods! ;)  (Gratuitous pic alert!)

 

Lockwoods.JPG

 

Seriously though, not a hard job, just prob best to replace the lot whilst your at it...from memory, there are 2 x 286 bulbs (same type of bulb as in the lighter illumination ring, one behind each LCD panel) and 4 x 503 wedge bulbs (a 3watt wedge bulb, distributed across the rest of the panel to illuminate the rev counter/speedo).

 

Removing the cluster is just a few screws and trim removal and it'll slide out. Some people recommend disconnecting battery in fear of airbag issues etc when disconnecting the cluster plug, I just let the car sit for about 30mins before disconnecting anything.

 

If you use the search bar on here, or even check my content, I've posted on this topic before with better pics and links of the screws you need to remove. From memory, and maybe FOCA can help me out, need to remove screws from the lower dash panel under the steering wheel, then the steering wheel cowling and that will expose a screw at each bottom corner of the cluster holding it in. Remove these and slide the clocks outwards, disconnect plug and you'll see the little twist-in bulb holders at the back...replace and refit!

 

Allow about 30mins I'd say for removal and refitting as it's your first time, but it really is straightforward. The unlit panel annoyed me so I had to change the bulb and fitted my dials at the same time, but it's down to personal preference really as my brother has put up with his for 3 years now, haha!



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Posted 28 May 2013 - 09:44 AM

this is how to remove the clocks

http://fordwiki.co.u...o_fit_to_Mondeo

 

and this is how to change the leds, but it will give you an idea about replcing yours

 

http://fordwiki.co.u...-_How_to_Change



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Posted 28 May 2013 - 11:51 AM

 

Personally i would wait untill one of the other bulbs blow and replace them with LEDs, (most of the rest of the clocks are iluminated by 4 larger bolbs, if there are dark shadows one of them is blown) the screen is still readable if you squint at it

 Cheers for the advice.Where is the best place to obtain LED's from mate?

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 11:55 AM

 

I'd replace it and fit with Lockwoods! ;)  (Gratuitous pic alert!)
 
attachicon.gifLockwoods.JPG
 
Seriously though, not a hard job, just prob best to replace the lot whilst your at it...from memory, there are 2 x 286 bulbs (same type of bulb as in the lighter illumination ring, one behind each LCD panel) and 4 x 503 wedge bulbs (a 3watt wedge bulb, distributed across the rest of the panel to illuminate the rev counter/speedo).
 
Removing the cluster is just a few screws and trim removal and it'll slide out. Some people recommend disconnecting battery in fear of airbag issues etc when disconnecting the cluster plug, I just let the car sit for about 30mins before disconnecting anything.
 
If you use the search bar on here, or even check my content, I've posted on this topic before with better pics and links of the screws you need to remove. From memory, and maybe FOCA can help me out, need to remove screws from the lower dash panel under the steering wheel, then the steering wheel cowling and that will expose a screw at each bottom corner of the cluster holding it in. Remove these and slide the clocks outwards, disconnect plug and you'll see the little twist-in bulb holders at the back...replace and refit!
 
Allow about 30mins I'd say for removal and refitting as it's your first time, but it really is straightforward. The unlit panel annoyed me so I had to change the bulb and fitted my dials at the same time, but it's down to personal preference really as my brother has put up with his for 3 years now, haha!

 Thanks for your reply,much appreciated.Will give it a go when the weather picks up.

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 11:57 AM

 

this is how to remove the clocks
http://fordwiki.co.u...o_fit_to_Mondeo
 
and this is how to change the leds, but it will give you an idea about replcing yours
 
http://fordwiki.co.u...-_How_to_Change

 Thanks for the links Steve,appreciate it.

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 08:58 AM

Mine has the same issue, half the dials light up at night, if it is as easy as you say i might give it a blast myself



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Posted 30 May 2013 - 10:46 AM

 

Mine has the same issue, half the dials light up at night, if it is as easy as you say i might give it a blast myself

 Go for it mate

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 10:52 AM

I get the feeling the previous owner didnt look after this car  :wacko:



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Posted 31 May 2013 - 09:08 AM

Fordtastic/ steesh -

 

these are the best (and cheapest i could find) ones for back- lighting the clocks/dash -

 

http://www.ebay.co.u...9#ht_2186wt_879

 

As far as i remember, you need 4 of them, they are "diffused" so they light up the clocks/dash evenly, and are "slim" and will fit into the "hole", some of the other ones are too "fat" to fit in and ones like these -

 

http://www.ebay.co.u...=item257d80fe8d     

 

have a "lens" so are more like a "spot" than a "flood" light, and would not light up the clocks/dash evenly, but are good for sidelights

 

They are white lights, you can get other colours but you have to be careful or different colours can make the dash difficult to read, (eg, if you get red ones it makes the red parts very bright and the rest dark) 

 

The LEDs should last longer than the normal (incandescent) bulbs, and use less power, (4x under 1watt = 4w compared to 4x 3W = 12w) , if you do most of the other bulbs it means a lower overall electrical load



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Posted 31 May 2013 - 12:19 PM

http://www.ebay.co.u...=item257d80fe8d     

 

have a "lens" so are more like a "spot" than a "flood" light, and would not light up the clocks/dash evenly, but are good for sidelights

 

A quick rub over with fine sand paper and they give an all round light rather than a directional one.



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Posted 31 May 2013 - 02:58 PM

1 of my bulbs went last night,so got them all replaced today. easy job. cost £8 for them all from local factors.



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Posted 31 May 2013 - 03:28 PM

A quick rub over with fine sand paper and they give an all round light rather than a directional one.

Tried that, and even stickers over the tips of the bulbs - never worked right/  as well as the diffused bulbs  

1 of my bulbs went last night,so got them all replaced today. easy job. cost £8 for them all from local factors.

Your not seriously telling me you paid £8 to put regular (incandecsent) bulbs back in when you could have fitted LEDs? normal bulbs blacken and eventually "blow" -  they get hot (this heat can effect other components, eg - the electronics in the clocks) and use a lot of power/ current, LEDs use a fraction of the power/ current, stay cool and last much longer



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Posted 31 May 2013 - 04:00 PM

yep. that was for 12 bulbs in total. so only 75p each. thats the 1st bulb thats went on it.not bad for near 10 months running constantly nearly. theyre only 1.2watt so hardly a lotta power,& they dont get hot,only warm.

have you got a pic o an led type you put in?

ps i know theres not 12 in dash.got 2 new no plates,& couple spares



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