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Hi Guys, I've just pulled out the instrument panel from my car and it was at that point that I got extremely confused as to how I actually open the thing up. Has anyone done this before and if so what do I have do smash/gently prise open?

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I'd really prefer to change the bulbs inside the unit, and It looks possible as there are 4 metal clips as well as a load of white push pins and then a number of moulded grips along the outer edge that all seem to play a part. I just don't want to snap anything attempting it until someone who's already tried it lets me know what to do :unsure:

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TrunX I'd have thought they were LEDs rather than conventional bulbs, and in theory your car is gonna give up long before an LED does...

Of course I may well be wrong!!

I don´t think the LED(or conventional bulbs) are inside.

I think there are cold catodes(CCFL)-->some kind of fluorescent lamp(only in LEXUS & Toyota !), usually used in LCD displays.

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TrunX I'd have thought they were LEDs rather than conventional bulbs, and in theory your car is gonna give up long before an LED does...

Of course I may well be wrong!!

I don´t think the LED(or conventional bulbs) are inside.

I think there are cold catodes(CCFL)-->some kind of fluorescent lamp(only in LEXUS & Toyota !), usually used in LCD displays.

Yeah cold cathodes would work for illuminating the whole panel, but there'd still need to be a point source of light for the dials, and things like the low fuel warning light. Could be EL sheets, or LEDs or whatever.

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TrunX I'd have thought they were LEDs rather than conventional bulbs, and in theory your car is gonna give up long before an LED does...

Of course I may well be wrong!!

I don´t think the LED(or conventional bulbs) are inside.

I think there are cold catodes(CCFL)-->some kind of fluorescent lamp(only in LEXUS & Toyota !), usually used in LCD displays.

Yeah cold cathodes would work for illuminating the whole panel, but there'd still need to be a point source of light for the dials, and things like the low fuel warning light. Could be EL sheets, or LEDs or whatever.

I agree for warning lights(fuel, oil, engine,...), ....but for dials.........are U sure?

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Hi MiniMarc,

did you have any luck opening the panel?

If so, could you answer your own question about how you did it?

I need to check side light indicator (which is working sometimes, depending on the outside temperature).

thanks

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Hi MiniMarc,

did you have any luck opening the panel?

If so, could you answer your own question about how you did it?

I need to check side light indicator (which is working sometimes, depending on the outside temperature).

thanks

Unfortunately it got to the point where I felt like the plastic housing was about to crack, so I backed off and put it back in the car. I am still very interested in working out how to get inside it, but haven't had any luck yet. :'(

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