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Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2006 8:10 pm 
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Hey lads, The bulb in my oddometer blew, so i went and replaced it, When driving around with the headlights off the oddometer is lit up but still kinda dull, then with the headlights turned on the oddometer goes so dim u cant even see it, not even at night time, Now its a GLI so theres no cluster dimmer switch, could I get a higher watt bulb would this fix the prob or would the dimness be cause by somthing else?

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Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2006 9:25 pm 
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What did you replace it with?

 

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Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2006 11:10 pm 
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I asked for a Bulb for a 1996 EF falcon oddometer, he gave me one didnt have writing on it, but looks identical from the one that came out.

 

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Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2006 11:11 pm 
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Bump anyone, this is s**t me.

 

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Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2006 1:12 am 
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Sounds like a dud bulb, they're only a very low wattage anyway.
I always fit the bulb and turn the ignition on to check everything before i install the cluster.
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The original is a 3 watt clear bulb but most places will give you a 2 watt (which is still OK). Its not a blue one is it? as that will not work with the orange filter in the LCD.

 

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Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2006 7:22 am 
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Sounds like a dud bulb, they're only a very low wattage anyway.
I always fit the bulb and turn the ignition on to check everything before i install the cluster.
Yeah I checked before putting everything back in, hope its a dud bulb, you turn the ignition on then fire up the headlights, all of the other displays stay bright but the oddometer basicly turns off, u can just see it if you look close at it and squint, Im gonna get a new bulb and cup for it today and see if that helps.

 

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There is dimming on the LCD when the lights are on, it would make it hard to see during the day. You mentioned in another thread about an LED, did you install or try to install that? If so you might have killed a trace on the cluster if you got it around the wrong way.

 

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Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2006 8:55 am 
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Yeah I installed it, works when the lights are off, cant see it when the lights are on you cant even see it of a night time, cant it only go in one way?

 

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Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2006 8:57 am 
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Yes , but it won't work the other way around, I retract the damaged trace comment as it would have an internal resistor to limit current anyway. Are you using the LED or normal bulb?

 

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Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2006 9:00 am 
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The bulb sits in a little white cup, that has 2 metal arms coming off both sides, i noticed that these arms looked twisted and not straight, could this be the prob?

 

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Yes , but it won't work the other way around, I retract the damaged trace comment as it would have an internal resistor to limit current anyway. Are you using the LED or normal bulb?
, Im not sure, which one would be better to use?

 

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Bulb would be the best, the LED would most likely require a filter change.

 

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Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2006 9:27 am 
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Ok so just the normal bulb then, will try that.

 

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Those little tabs are meant to be twisted, but you might have a bad connection.
The tabs that are against the plastic holder, just bend them up slightly so they just sit above the face, then bend the 2 top ones down, only a little to make sure she contacts.
With an LED it has to go in the right way, when fitting them i'd check each one as they went in.
In saying that, i often get dud bulbs in the small ones.
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