Thank you very much!!!!! this is exactly what I was posting and looking for. probably saved me hours of frustration and headaches ...............LOL
while i was in the process of removing my mk3 gauge cluster, i figured i'd make a simple walkthru with pics in case someone didn't know how to.
you'll need a flat-head and phillips-head screwdriver.
gauge cluster before removal
pop off outer plastic cover next to headlight switch
stick your finger in here and press retractable button to remove headlight switch
where the button is located on switch
remove screw hidden behind headlight switch
pop off plastic cover (if you have heated seats, remove outer cover first to remove switch)
remove screw hidden behind cover (or switch)
the plastic bezel is held in by the 2 screws you just removed and clips up top
once bezel is out, remove one screw on each side of gauge cluster
cluster sits on 2 rubber grommets at the bottom. wiggle it to an angle to get it out. unplug the 2 connectors at the back of the cluster (3 if you have ABS)
wiggle some more and you're free!
hope this helps someone!
I just want to express how eird it feels to always see my dash in reverse on the vortex. hahahaha cus mines a right hand drive. Maybe i should post mine and have you guys experience it. hehehe
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Many thanks for the walkthrough, it is very much appreciated!
My girlfirend's cluster keeps blowing fuses so I'm looking at replacing it. It's an automatic (I've been told the part number is different to a manual) and the actual part number from her car is 1H0.919.912.E. I've located another one but the part number of that one is 1H0.919.912.N. Is anyone able to please tell me if it will fit, and what the E and N actually denote?
Many thanks guys!
mike, sorry for the late reply, but hope this helps anyways.
the diffuser that makes your gauges light up green is located at the top of the gauge cluster.
use the walkthru to remove your cluster and you'll see its location at the top.
i remove the green diffuser out of all my dubs.
even with just the regular light shining through, it comes off as yellow/orange.
deletedo1m is correct.
the bulbs that shine on your gauges are located at the very top of the cluster.
they only take a quarter-turn to pop them out and reverse to put them back in.
and like i've posted before, if you remove the green diffuser (plastic strip between light bulbs and your gauges) your gauges will shine yellow/orange.
i'm also experimenting with red plastic to give it an almost, "evil", feel.
Great write up. Did this a while back and ripped out the diffuser then wired in a blue LED strip. Came out great until the cluster stopped working right. There's no need to go overboard with plastic or anything though if you're just looking to change the color of the cluster lighting. NGP Racing makes those little OSRAM bulbs for out gauges in different colors. Just rip out the diffuser and twist 'em in. I'm ordering a pair as soon as i get a new cluster out of a junker. Link http://www.ngpracing.com/store...d=996
sorry for the late reply!
instead of swapping out the bulbs (i haven't found any direct led replacements either), try changing the diffuser colour.
a friend of mine has done it to his cluster and the red that shines through matches the mk3.5 cabrio lighting perfectly.
try a place like this for colour sheets you might need. http://www.modernplastics.com/....html
So I have the cluster out... but how do I get the white cover off of the green strip so I can replace it? I'm also looking to gain access to the needles and possibly replacing the clear plastic because mine is scratched.
the white piece is held on by some black plastic mesh.
if you're very careful, you can use a small screwdriver and pry at it until it gives.
access to the needles is very simple.
just undo the goldish (if i remember correctly) screws on the back of the cluster.
once removed, the cluster should separate easily.
Quote, originally posted by etsd311 » (i haven't found any direct led replacements either)
NGP Racing sells them. So does SuperBrightLEDs.com. They're relatively cheap from both and they work great I just used them to do my cluster. I changed the top lighting as well as the LCD color and polarization. It looks great. I'll try and post pics later