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Old 08-17-2005, 06:21 PM   #21 (permalink)
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It's an Eclipse AVX-2494, bought it on Ebay from a guy in Japan who was exporting them (it's a US-market unit, just very hard to find in the US). It's a 2004 model, bought it back in January, a few months before the 2005 AVX products were announced.

The reason I'm asking about the LED conversion is... the side buttons on the AVX light up green. I also want DEFI LINK gauges to replace the stock center gauge cluster... but those are also green backlit. This green stuff clashes pretty badly with the stock amber lighting.

Given that the HU was $1200+, and the gauges would be around $800... and I've never seen anyone convert either of them to amber lighting... it might be easier to just convert the factory dash etc to green. Which is too bad, beause I really prefer amber over green.
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Old 08-17-2005, 06:31 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Did you happen to get any pics of this while you were in there?
I was going to shoot some pics tonight but it was soo hot today, I ended up putting it back together during lunch.

Pics from www.stealth316.com posted earlier are very good. The only thing you need to know if that after you remove the vent and loosen the climate control, you can use a small screwdriver to remove the lights by turning them 1/4 turn. (Either use a mirror or slide your finger down the two channels in the plastic case to locate the bulbs.)

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Does anyone know what the small three position on top-right of the climate display unit is for? Mine is in the leftmost position when facing the display.


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Old 08-17-2005, 06:47 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Ahh I was hoping for pics of the bulb sockets etc so I'd know what I was dealing with from a replacement point of view. Getting to the bulbs is no big concern (I've done defroster vents... heheh).

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Ahh I was hoping for pics of the bulb sockets etc so I'd know what I was dealing with from a replacement point of view. Getting to the bulbs is no big concern (I've done defroster vents... heheh).

No worries..
I'll pop one out and snap a pic. Need to prove this can be done without even loosening the climate display unit. Just pop out the vent and use a small screwdriver to release the bulbs.

(I'll also post an update to the front of this thread to save other people some time.)



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Futility....

No sooner do I get the dash back together and pat myself on the back when I notice one of the backlight bulbs has burnt out on the display for the CD player... No biggie... I'll just replace both of the bulbs so I don't have to yank it out again.

(I have to admit I am actually inpressed with how few of the instrument bulbs have burnt out over the years. With the car pushing 6000+ hours of operation, many of the bulbs are overdue for replacement. Good rule of thumb is to always replace the bulbs in pairs because there is a good chance the corresponding bulb will be dying shortly.)


SWITCH ON CLIMATE CONTROL DISPLAY
Still haven't found any info on the three position switch on top of the climate control display unit. I thought it might be a Metric / English / Diagnostics switch but the display showed English units in all three settings. (Wondering if it might be a configuration switch for Cold-Moderate-Hot regions)
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Typical of the bulb assemblies used on switches/stereo etc. Lamps available at Radio Shack #272-1092.




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This old thread (which should be in Miscellaneous - Interior rather than Engine - Turbo) was most helpful when replacing the left bulb in my display unit. For contributors who are still active on the board, thank you!

I used a screwdriver to pop both diverters out of the center vent assembly for easier access to the bottom clips and so I could reach in and pull the assembly out rather than prying around the edges.

There is very little room between the top of the display unit and the bottom of the duct, but I managed to get in there with a screwdriver and promptly dropped the bulb assembly where I couldn't reach it. I tried a bulb assembly from the stock Infinity radio that I kept after upgrading to a flatscreen but it didn't fit and then I couldn't get it out.

So... I removed the radio (four screws), the climate controller (four screws) and the display unit (two of the three screws are behind the small dash trim pieces on either side of the radio), retrieved the bulb assembly from where it had fallen on the transmission hump, replaced the bulb with Radio Shack #272-1092, swapped that assembly in place of the radio bulb assembly and reconnected the display unit to test it out. The Radio Shack bulbs are dimmer than stock, so I also replaced the other side before permanently reinstalling everything.

This project was far more involved than anticipated, but I am pleased that all buttons are once again illuminated and clearly visible at night!

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My display lights have died. The display did start doing some odd lines when it first turned on just before it stopped showing anything. I don't suppose anyone has expereince fixing the display itelf? The button lights still work though.
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Let me google that for you
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Old 11-08-2011, 03:38 PM   #30 (permalink)
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thanks. kinda. it'sa probably my caps or a resistor that's kaput, easy fix for me tonight.
Digital climate control does not light up but everything functions properly?
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