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Old 05-24-2011, 04:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe LX. It seems like I have to replace a few of the bulbs that are supposed to illuminate the dashboard. Specifically, the oil temperature and the fuel gauge appear to be out. I was told that taking the dashboard apart to replace these bulbs would be a daunting task that would require a few hours of labor and quite a bit of money for the hassle.

Like many others in today's day and age, I'm unemployed actively seeking work and pinching pennies in every place that is humanly possible. With that said, I've always been a computer guy. I've never worked on cars, with the exception of the audio.

1) Is this a difficult task to accomplish?
2) Does anyone happen to have or know a place where I can find a guide, video, or images that would help me fix my car myself?

I've searched on the net and found a few really quick guides on this however, they were text only and not very informative. If anyone could point me in the right direction, that would be completely awesome!

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Old 05-24-2011, 06:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It does not require taking the entire dashboard apart and is, in fact, quite easy and will not take hours. I'd block out may 30....45 minutes at the absolute most. I have since sold my '04 Santa Fe so I can't provide photos so I'll try my best to be descriptive. Let me know if you need any further information.
  1. Turn the ignition off (or else the airbag light will be tripped) and tilt the steering wheel all the way down.
  2. Locate two screws on the top of the black plastic gauge binaccle shroud.
  3. After removing the screws, remove the shroud and locate the four screws holding the gauge cluster in place.
  4. Remove the four screws holding the gauge cluster in place and pull the cluster forward.
  5. Don't yank on it as there are two large connectors in the back,
  6. Locate these two connectors and squeeze the release tabs to remove them. Keep in mind that if the gauge has never been removed before, they will be quite difficult to remove.
  7. Once the connectors have been removed, pull the cluster straight out and be careful not to scratch the top of the steering column trim.
  8. The bulbs will be on the backside and there will be four, one behind each gauge. I'd recommend replacing all four since you're back there as the shock of removing the cluster increases the chances of a failure once reinstalled.
  9. Installation is, as they say, the reverse of removal.
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