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Posted: Tue Aug 22, 2006 12:04 am 
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hey everyone...i have noticed that my cluster is very dim compared to the odometer, trip and climate control unit.....now i have put the settings so that its at its brightest....everything went brighter but the cluster......whats up with that? could a wire be loose and not connected to the cabin light controller thingy?

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Posted: Tue Aug 22, 2006 12:14 pm 
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Hi Phongus,
There is a resistor at the back of the instrument cluster that controls the variable dimming for the gauges. This could possibly be burnt out or loose. Pull out the cluster and see if this is the case. They'd only cost about $2 max from an electronics store. There is a doco somewhere with a picture of the resistor on the cluster.
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Posted: Tue Aug 22, 2006 1:14 pm 
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cheers. thanks ELV8

 

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Posted: Tue Aug 22, 2006 1:22 pm 
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yeah if you have a look at the dash cluster upgrade doco it tells you about the resistor. They are really about 5c which even a homeless person can buy.

 

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Posted: Tue Aug 22, 2006 2:06 pm 
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Fairmonts and higher don't have that resistor (47ohm). Have you tried adjusting the brightness with parkers on and then off ???

 

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Posted: Tue Aug 22, 2006 2:44 pm 
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snap0964 wrote:
Fairmonts and higher don't have that resistor (47ohm). Have you tried adjusting the brightness with parkers on and then off ???


i can only change the dimming when parkers or lights are on.....so i dunno whats wrong with it. the problem is everything else seems to be dimming fine...i can adjust them properly besides the cluster....the LCD in the cluster is brighter as well but the lights for the backing of the cluster and the needles don't seem to brighten or dim on command.

so either loose wire or something is broken....

 

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Posted: Tue Aug 22, 2006 5:59 pm 
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They are really about 5c which even a homeless person can buy.


yeah cept there'd be no point coz they can't afford a car in the first place..

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Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 12:12 am 
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lol Falcs....cheers everyone for the little help. For some reason it was working normally today...i had to dim it until i couldn't see anything and then put it back up and it was back to normal...weird.

ah wells an LED conversion soon to be done anyways.

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Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 1:02 am 
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snap0964 wrote:
Fairmonts and higher don't have that resistor (47ohm). Have you tried adjusting the brightness with parkers on and then off ???


is that supposed to make a difference ?? sometimes I reckon my cluster is a little dimmer than the day before but can't really figure it out.

 

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Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 2:54 am 
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yeah thats what i thought. cause i turned the car on today and it was brighter then last nights.....so it was a bit odd....ill just leave it. i can still read the speedometer so its all good.

 

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Happy wrote:
snap0964 wrote:
Fairmonts and higher don't have that resistor (47ohm). Have you tried adjusting the brightness with parkers on and then off ???
is that supposed to make a difference ?? sometimes I reckon my cluster is a little dimmer than the day before but can't really figure it out.
On EF green BEM's it does Greg - LCD dim setting when the lights are on can be different to when they are off. Try this at night - set the LCD illumination with lights on and off to test this out - you should notice the LCD's have a different brightness. EL's aren't the same LCD brightness should be same lights on or off, but if your battery or power is dodgey, you will find the illumnation level will differ.

 

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