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    Thread: mk3 gauge cluster removal walkthru

    1. 01-17-2011 05:52 AM #51
      Quote Originally Posted by etsd311 View Post
      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.
      enjoy!

      gauge cluster before removal

      step 1
      pop off outer plastic cover next to headlight switch

      step 2
      stick your finger in here and press retractable button to remove headlight switch

      where the button is located on switch

      step 3
      remove screw hidden behind headlight switch

      step 4
      pop off plastic cover (if you have heated seats, remove outer cover first to remove switch)

      step 5
      remove screw hidden behind cover (or switch)

      step 6
      the plastic bezel is held in by the 2 screws you just removed and clips up top

      step 7
      once bezel is out, remove one screw on each side of gauge cluster

      step 8
      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)

      step 9
      wiggle some more and you're free!


      hope this helps someone! [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      Is this the stock gauges?
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      01-17-2011 06:50 AM #52
      yep!

    3. 01-31-2011 09:07 PM #53
      nice diy, im doing this tomorrow to replace check engine bulb.

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      02-13-2011 11:47 PM #54



      Do you need to buy a new cluster to get the gauges white or is there a way of doing it yourself.

      good write up btw

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      02-20-2011 07:22 PM #55
      I have a pesky airbag light that I was thinking of removing. Can I just take the bulb out?

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      02-28-2011 09:00 AM #56
      thanks for the help going to redo my gauge cluster lights soon

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      03-18-2011 09:52 PM #57
      Great write-up. I have a bulb burned out in the top right corner. VW dealer wanted close to $150 to replace it. Now, if I can get access to a garage (apartment life sucks sometimes) I may attempt this.

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      03-18-2011 09:55 PM #58
      you can totally do this wherever you live!
      i personally did this while sitting in my car listening to the radio in my carport.

      apartment life can also rule!

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      03-19-2011 10:17 PM #59
      Quote Originally Posted by Mac010 View Post
      Great write-up. I have a bulb burned out in the top right corner. VW dealer wanted close to $150 to replace it. Now, if I can get access to a garage (apartment life sucks sometimes) I may attempt this.
      Yea there is no need for a garage. If you can sit in your car you can take the cluster out don't be afraid to try it. Crazy that the dealer wants $150 for something that really only takes a few minutes.

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      04-03-2011 03:20 AM #60
      Quote Originally Posted by deletedo1m View Post
      Yea there is no need for a garage. If you can sit in your car you can take the cluster out don't be afraid to try it. Crazy that the dealer wants $150 for something that really only takes a few minutes.
      watching this

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      05-18-2011 07:33 PM #61
      good write up,

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      05-19-2011 11:09 PM #62
      i just replaced my cluster plug everything right, and when i turned the car on the back lights of the cluster doesnt work does that mean i left something disconnected or is that i have to change the blub???

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      05-21-2011 06:00 PM #63
      can someone tell me what size LED light bulbs are in the cluster I want to swap out my awful green ones for some blue ones
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      05-21-2011 07:00 PM #64
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    15. 05-23-2011 07:03 AM #65
      A lot of DIYs for cluster needless and lights but the only one I could find for actual removal of the luster

      thanks very much

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    17. 08-12-2011 06:26 PM #67
      do the rpm gauge and the speedo run off the same sensor?

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      11-01-2011 06:14 PM #69
      Fabulous, i was looking for this. I have a car I only have a few days to get through inspection. The air bag light is on and i replaced the part but don't have what i need to reset it yet. So i may just remove it to get through inspection.
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      11-01-2011 06:20 PM #70
      unfortunately, that won't work if they scan the car.
      obd2 will report the fault and you will still fail the inspection.

      your best bet is to try to find someone or a shop who has a diagnostic scanner and can clear the fault code for you.

      good luck to you though. i always hated smog tests in los angeles, but now that i live in washington, no inspections!

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      11-02-2011 02:32 PM #71
      Quote Originally Posted by etsd311 View Post
      unfortunately, that won't work if they scan the car.
      obd2 will report the fault and you will still fail the inspection.

      your best bet is to try to find someone or a shop who has a diagnostic scanner and can clear the fault code for you.

      good luck to you though. i always hated smog tests in los angeles, but now that i live in washington, no inspections!
      In Maryland the inspections are done by service stations & its a one time thing. But I don't now that they use scanners as part of their test. I thought it was mostly safety inspections (ie . brakes etc) Its been so long since i did one of these I can't say what will happen.

      Now emission tests are every two years now and they do connect a scan tool to the OBDII connector. Now that is for emissions so i don't know what they would do if they encountered an airbag fault.

      Come to think of it i am sure the emissions folks (and probably the mechanic doing the inspection) wouldn't even see it if they hooked up a scanner since I doubt they have a VW specific scanner. (my current problem!)

      I am going to disconnect the bulb! nothing to lose
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      01-08-2012 11:41 AM #72
      this helped a lot

      just popped mine out in less than 5 mins. going to swap in another cluster to see if it fixes the P1613 code i have.
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      01-11-2012 12:21 AM #73
      Gotta say, after using this walkthrough, I've become quite the champ @ dismantling, and putting it back together again! Thanks!

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      02-14-2012 03:31 PM #74
      Got to the bottom of the 2nd page and became impatient...what if you have one of those old car problems...where if you hit the dash hard a few times the cluster lights come on...hit it too hard and the lights go off and the speedometer drops and dies...hit it again...speedometer is fine but the lights don't work....
      http://i.imgur.com/YaKvp.gif

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      03-19-2012 05:00 PM #75
      Quote Originally Posted by AnthonyLawson View Post
      Got to the bottom of the 2nd page and became impatient...what if you have one of those old car problems...where if you hit the dash hard a few times the cluster lights come on...hit it too hard and the lights go off and the speedometer drops and dies...hit it again...speedometer is fine but the lights don't work....
      Actually figured this one out myself...the lights on the cluster are in a circuit...one gets loose, knocks the others out...
      http://i.imgur.com/YaKvp.gif

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