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Old 03-06-2009, 12:36 PM
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Originally Posted by x2nervisx View Post
I have the same problem except mind is actually in the MID not in the cluster. Do those take replaceable bulbs as well or is the MID non serviceable?
Are you sure the issue is burnt out back lighting...or is it pixel degradation?

There's a difference...and the MID does NOT have replacable incandescent bulbs like the instrument cluster. If there are any incandescent bulbs in the MID...they are soldered in. You would have to open it up and desolder the old and replace with new (if back-lighting is the issue).

If the problem is missing pixels (pixel degradation) will look like the image below...and if that's the case...either a replacement MID is in order or you can try the OFT TRIED write-up...look for it in the DIY or FAQ threads...or look for a write up on or :

(image below is from this website: )

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