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I have a question about the gear selector's LED lights. I drive a 2013 Elantra GLS w/ auto tranny. There are 4 LED lights next to the gear selector: P, R, N and D. They are dimly lit all the time. When I have the gear selector in the P position or D position, the P or D LEDs become brightly lit. When the gear selector is in the R or N position, the R and N LEDs stay dimly lit and do not become brighter like P and D do. Is this normal? I just noticed this today but have never really paid enough attention to know if this is normal or not.

Also, I noticed that when the gear selector is in the D position, the D LED occasionally flickers off and on. The P LED does not do this. I can get it to flicker more frequently by moving the parking brake up or down. Any idea what could be the issue here? I've had the transmission range switch replaced once but doubt that its related to this.
 

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Took notice to this last night .. all dimly back-lit in blue except for where the selector is which changes to a brighter blue (not sure if LED or not). Did not matter if the headlights were on or off.

Sounds like a dirty connection issue, I have something going on with the smart switch in my vehicle. ie: bright lights may randomly or momentarily dim if the turn signal is activated or deactivated.
 

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Took notice to this last night .. all dimly back-lit in blue except for where the selector is which changes to a brighter blue (not sure if LED or not). Did not matter if the headlights were on or off.

Sounds like a dirty connection issue, I have something going on with the smart switch in my vehicle. ie: bright lights may randomly or momentarily dim if the turn signal is activated or deactivated.
Yeah it could be a dirty/bad connection. Since the day that I posted, I haven't been able to reproduce the flickering.

However, the R and N lights stay dimly lit even when the gear selector is in those positions. Do those become brightly lit for you when you move the gear selector to those positions?
 

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Yeah it could be a dirty/bad connection. Since the day that I posted, I haven't been able to reproduce the flickering.

However, the R and N lights stay dimly lit even when the gear selector is in those positions. Do those become brightly lit for you when you move the gear selector to those positions?
Yes, as the lever moves the indicator where the lever is becomes brighter, indicating it is the selected gear or position.

I have a '15 but all should work the same. Are these LED or a 2 filament incandescent?
 

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Yes, as the lever moves the indicator where the lever is becomes brighter, indicating it is the selected gear or position.

I have a '15 but all should work the same. Are these LED or a 2 filament incandescent?
Hmm so I guess I still have a problem with the R and N then. I don't know if it is LED or incandescent. I just assumed it is an LED, but I don't know why I made that assumption. I guess I'll ttry to take my gear selector off and see if I can find anything.
 

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Maybe you should check it out at the dealership. Have you ever asked someone professional about it?
I'd rather remove the bulbs than pay my local dealership (who I love) to "inspect" it. Some things are best done yourself.
 

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I'd rather remove the bulbs than pay my local dealership (who I love) to "inspect" it. Some things are best done yourself.
I know and I agree :) Of course some things fixed better and cheaper when we do it on our own. However, I thought our friend couldn't find a solution yet. That's why I adviced that :)
 

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I also see when the Gear Selector is in D moving it to the left for manual shift mode, the D goes dimmer & the +/- brighten.

Still not known if LED or incandescent?
 

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I also see when the Gear Selector is in D moving it to the left for manual shift mode, the D goes dimmer & the +/- brighten.

Still not known if LED or incandescent?
Thanks for the reply. I've been busy with work and haven't had a chance to try to open the gear selector cover yet to take a look at the type of lighting. I couldn't find any how-to videos but these instructions look pretty close. http://www.hemanual.org/console_repair_procedures-1979.html

It looks like these instructions will get me access by removing the entire center console, but I was hoping that there was an easier way.
 

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Thanks for the reply. I've been busy with work and haven't had a chance to try to open the gear selector cover yet to take a look at the type of lighting. I couldn't find any how-to videos but these instructions look pretty close. http://www.hemanual.org/console_repair_procedures-1979.html

It looks like these instructions will get me access by removing the entire center console, but I was hoping that there was an easier way.
I already see just to simply get at the turn signal switch the air bag & steering wheel need be removed, way to dealer friendly! To clean the contacts all I need is an access point for a spray nozzle. 😞
 

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They'll be LEDs and non replaceable it appears, unless you're into pulling things apart and sourcing th esurface mounted LEDs and desoldering /soldering new ones in.

Here's an example , not sure if it's same as yours.


 

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Same style of LEDs used in behind the cluster. Is the colour blue? I have had these burn out and stop the LCD backlight illumination either working in total or just go dim which could be what's going on here. they don't last forvere unfortunately. I found an easy source and replaced mine at board level.


 
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