What this guide covers:
How to access and change the lights inside the dashboard instrument panel cluster with LEDs.
What you will need:
- 3x 194 / 168 size LED bulbs for the main lights on the dash instrument cluster (whatever color you like)
- 10mm socket
- Philips head screwdriver
If you want to replace the other instrument panel lights you can get the following:
- 1x blue 194 / 168 size LED (high beam)
- 2x green 194 / 168 size LED (turn signals)
- 4x red 74 size LED (cooling fan, charging, brake, and seat belt)
- 1x amber 74 size LED (check engine)
Service Manual Information
Helpful Forum Post Information
Light Bulb Sizes
Location of Lights and What They Mean
- Purchase three 194 / 168 size LEDs you want to use (I bought mine from superbrightleds.com):
- Remove the phillips head screws around the dashboard panels:
- Remove the dash hood:
- Unscrew the two 10mm nuts and remove the metal frame under the dash hood:
- Unclip all electrical connectors from the dash bezel:
- Remove Bezel:
- Remove screws / bolts all around the instrument cluster:
- Disconnect two electrical connectors (push tab and pull) on the left, one electrical connector on the right, and then lift the instrument panel and disconnect the speedometer cable (squeeze):
- Remove the instrument panel from the dashboard:
- Remove the three green light holders along the middle of the instrument panel (twist and pull out):
- Remove the light bulb from its holder:
- Insert the new LED (the one I bought is not polarity sensitive — meaning you don’t have to know which way it needs to be inserted in order for it to work) in the light holder housing.
- Put the light holders back in place.
- Put everything back in the reverse order of the steps above.
- Turn on your lights and see how awesome it looks:
I went with white LEDs because I figured they would be the easiest to read and the nicest to look at, but you can feel free to use whatever color you want. Here is an example using green for more of a stock feeling: