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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 11:55 am    Post subject:  Dim lighting at gear selector/odometer Reply with quote

It seems like the lighting in the odometer and gear selector area could be a lot brighter. Today it was so dim I could barely read it.
How can I make this digital reading brighter?

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 12:01 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Crank your manual headlight knob clockwise, I believe.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 2:52 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Thanks for the tip... but it didn't brighten the display. Could it be a burned out bulb or something?

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 5:57 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

kwik69 wrote:
Thanks for the tip... but it didn't brighten the display. Could it be a burned out bulb or something?


Probably. Unfortunately it isn't user serviceable. The cluster would need to be replaced.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 6:02 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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kwik69 wrote:
Thanks for the tip... but it didn't brighten the display. Could it be a burned out bulb or something?


Probably. Unfortunately it isn't user serviceable. The cluster would need to be replaced.

Is it just that part or is the others bulbs as well?... like mentioned above, my most laky need a new cluster... but look on the up side, BBE does this sort of thing and a new one with some available options will add some dazzle to your interior

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 1:22 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Since this car is new to me, I don't know for sure if any other bulbs are out in the cluster... but there doesn't appear to be any obvious dark spots as far as I can tell.

I'm all for a tac cluster when my budget allows... but what's weird is- as soon as it started getting later in the evening, I can read the display bright and clear. I just went out and fixed the rear seat map lights and I moved the car out of the garage and the odometer display was bright as I feel it should be. Does it have an auto dimming feature for daytime or something?

Thanks again!

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 8:05 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Does it have an auto dimming feature for daytime or something?


Yes. It shuts off the interior lights (also running lights and headlights) and puts the LED readout on a non changeable setting. When it gets dark enough, the lights come back on and the readouts are now available to be dimmed. There is a sensor on the top of the dash.

Pulling the light knob out overrides the control (puts interior on, with running lights; kills the DRLs), and the second pull activates the headlights.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 12:06 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Pulling the light knob out overrides the control (puts interior on, with running lights; kills the DRLs), and the second pull activates the headlights.


It doesn't kill the DRLs. They stay on instead of it engaging the headlights. Parking lights and interior lights still come on though, except that some light sources are still at full brightness for daytime (like HVAC lights on the buttons and the gear select screen).

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 12:10 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

If you pull the headlight knob out to turn on the parking lights, the DRLs shut off

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 12:21 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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If you pull the headlight knob out to turn on the parking lights, the DRLs shut off

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Mine don't. I just went out and checked to make sure I'm not crazy.

Car on, and in gear:



Only change now is I pulled the nob out one click:


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 12:27 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

My bad... you're right... could have sworn they shut off...

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 12:29 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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My bad... you're right... could have sworn they shut off...

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That's why I need to get your DRL bypass. When dusk starts coming around I like to run around with my parking lights and fog lights on, but if it's not dark enough I can't turn off the DRLs. Laughing

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 1:50 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

If my auto lights come on, I pull it out one click and it kills the headlights. Just parking lights on, looks badass. Smile

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 4:32 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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My bad... you're right... could have sworn they shut off...

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On my 2005, it depends on how dark/bright it is outside, as far as I can tell.

I always drive with my lights on, anyway....
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If my auto lights come on, I pull it out one click and it kills the headlights. Just parking lights on, looks badass. Smile


True for the automatic headlights, but not true for DRLs.

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