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Old 06-24-2011, 08:56 AM   #1
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Is it possible to replace the bulbs in the dash?

Just bought a 1999 9-5... Half the light bulbs in the dash don't work, and the bulb behind the clock in the SID doesn't work (99% of the pixels in the SID DO work *knocks on fake wood dash fascia*


Are the dash bulbs replaceable? If so, what size do I need? I'll probably replace all of them.
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Old 06-24-2011, 09:41 AM   #2
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Yes, they can be replaced. Can't recall how involved, open it up and see.

Also, the dash fascia is real wood veneer. The grain you're seeing is actually wood. It's applied over plastic though, obviously.

Look on EEuro, they have all the different bulbs you need under "INTERIOR BODY ELECTRICAL"
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Dash has to come out, there's not room to get behind it with it in, it butts right against the crossbeam behind the dash, but then it's a piece of cake.

Do them all while it's out, or you will have others going out soon.

Same with the SID bulbs, you get them from the back, very easy on the 9-5 ones.
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Also, the dash fascia is real wood veneer. The grain you're seeing is actually wood. It's applied over plastic though, obviously.
Hmm... looks like brown spotty plastic, feels like plastic. If it's real wood, I'll take your word on that.
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Fawk... eEuroparts - SID Bulb (1.8 watt) - # 4087482 $10 per bulb, 6 bulbs per SID?

I'm only replacing the burnt bulbs on the SID it looks like...
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If you just do the burned out ones, the new ones will shine through brighter than the old ones, if you're picky about that kind of stuff it can be irritating.

I remember seeing a few threads on SaabNet about an aftermarket bulb that should be something like $2/per and you thread it into the little sockets, might be better to do that.
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If you just do the burned out ones, the new ones will shine through brighter than the old ones, if you're picky about that kind of stuff it can be irritating.

I remember seeing a few threads on SaabNet about an aftermarket bulb that should be something like $2/per and you thread it into the little sockets, might be better to do that.
Yup, that's always an option! Can use some LED's with that method too. But that sounds like it would be too rich for Amish's blood.

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Hmm... looks like brown spotty plastic, feels like plastic. If it's real wood, I'll take your word on that.
Has a poly coating over it, so it would certainly feel like plastic. Just letting you know that it isn't fake wood in there.
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Sweet! Without that I probably would have broke something.... Now I know what I'm doing tomorrow afternoon
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Thanks for the link to the site selling the bulbs for SID on old 900's. Do you know how hard it is to find those things??? Your link was it. WLM
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You Can indeed do this. After market light bulbs are Available in colors. I would ask you though to consider the following. Honda has gone to great effort to pick the color bulb on the instrument cluster that gives the best visibility at night.If you change the color of the bulbs you may have difficulty seeing the gauges at night.If you know someone that has red lights check it out to see if you like it.
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