Pontiac Sunfire 2000: Instrument Cluster's light's off

Hi there,

My Pontiac Sunfire 2000, instrument cluster's light is off on the right and the odometer's light is also off.

How can I fix this?

Please provide clear and complete instructions, or an URL. I am dislexic. Therefore, my instructions preferances in order are video, images, then text.

Thanks for your help,
Rene
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HellmarkLinux Systems AdministratorCommented:
Typically GM only had two bulbs act as back lighting for the gauge cluster. It sounds like the one went out. Until recently I had a '95 Grand Prix, and the left bulb was out. Following the guide from the video above should help you.
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ReneGeAuthor Commented:
@Tiras25: This clip is for a 96 Ford Explorer, but i got the idea.
@Hellmark: Thanks

Do you have by any chances, a video on how to access/remove the cluster to verify the light bulbs?

Thanks,
Rene
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Michael-BestCommented:
The video is a good guide for most cars.
See as many parts as you need from:

Part of the Video Series: How to Replace Dashboard Lights
http://www.ehow.com/video_2327717_removing-instrument-cluster-from-dash.html

Hpe ths hlps.
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ReneGeAuthor Commented:
Thanks Mechael,

But there is a dash in front of it. So I also need instructions for that, and specificly for the Sunfire 2000, not another model.

Also, I read somewhere that if i don't do thinks correctly, I may end up popping out my are bags. So I need all proper instructions related to my car.

If no video exists for my car, then pictures are ok.

Thanks all, for your help,
Rene
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HellmarkLinux Systems AdministratorCommented:
You shouldn't worry too much about your airbags. If you're really worried about that, disconnecting the battery will make it impossible.

Here's a post I found that describes it

Tools you need: 7mm socket, #15 torx, and a #2 Phillips.
First drop down glove box and remove 2 screws beside stereo panel.
Pull from right side and remove stereo panel.
Remove screws from where your glove box closes and one more that was hiding behind stereo panel.
At the side of the dash where the fuse panel is you need to remove the Phillips screw from there and also on the passenger side as well.
Remove both of those side panels and remove metal strip around glove box area to expose other screws to remove.
Pull out panel cover on the dash for your front defroster and you will see 3 more screws to remove.
Once removed pull up on front trim (closest to the windshield) and remove out of the way.
Continue to remove all visible screws and the gold coloured bolts by the windshield.
When all this is done, grab dash from both sides and pull out and then up.
The cluster is held in place with 2 black screws only, do not remove the little silver ones.
When the screws are out from the cluster, pull toward you and up.
Look at back of cluster and there are your bulbs.
Turn and pull out and replace.
Takes me about 45min start to finish all back together. First timers may be longer.

Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_you_change_the_instrument_panel_light_bulbs_in_a_1999_Pontiac_sunfire#ixzz1bR81RjLF
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ReneGeAuthor Commented:
Thanks Hellmark, I'll try this in few days.
Cheers,
Rene
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Michael-BestCommented:
Sorry, no video exists for your car, but watch a few more videos for similar cars, to make yourself more orientated on this procedure.

Sierra, Silverado, Tahoe, Escalade, etc.. Instrument Cluster Removal Procedure :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPFYSCFQu6w

How to Remove a 00-05 Monte Carlo Dash:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muBMP6BSkKc&feature=related

Hpe ths hlps.
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HellmarkLinux Systems AdministratorCommented:
Any luck with this yet?
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ReneGeAuthor Commented:
@Hellmark:

Since I don't have clear instructions to disassemble the dash from my specific car, I'm afraid to start and mess things up.

So I'm waiting to see if I'll get new materials from experts.

Thanks for asking,
Rene
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ReneGeAuthor Commented:
Sorry Michael, I forgot to thank you for your last post.

Thanks and cheers,
Rene
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ReneGeAuthor Commented:
So tried all the proposed Links and my dash board is nothing like what I have seen :(

I will wait again, hoping for the solution.

Cheers,
Rene
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ReneGeAuthor Commented:
However, I did not tried Hellmark's solution as I was missing the tools. I will go buy them this week and try it. I hope I'm not going to break stuff!

Will follow-up soon!
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HellmarkLinux Systems AdministratorCommented:
Have you got a chance to try it yet?
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ReneGeAuthor Commented:
I still was unable to try it. It's now getting cold here, so I'll wait for winter to be over. So I guess I'll just close the question, split points and create a new one if needed.

I once tested, I'll update this post with the results.

Thanks for taking your time for helping me.
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ReneGeAuthor Commented:
@Hellmark
However, I've looked arround and found that your solution found in the following makes sense.
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_you_change_the_instrument_panel_light_bulbs_in_a_1999_Pontiac_sunfire#ixzz1bR81RjLF

I'll split points according to effort and contribution.

Thanks to you all!
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