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  1. I'm a little confused as to how many bulb there are per LCD display. I see it mentioned that there is one per LCD display (total of 3), but the pictures indicate there could be more. Without having opened-up and instrument cluster, its hard to determine exactly how many bulbs there are. This picture looks like there is only one per LCD display: But in this picture there appears to be 3 bulbs just for the center LCD display:
  2. Any writeups on how to change "all" of the LEDS (IC, A/C, Windows, etc) from amber to something else? I haven't really seen anything other than people saying "it's going to be difficult... you need to solder stuff... etc" just curious I've been browsing this subject and I did not see any comments indicating that soldering was required. Not sure about changing the color. I would assume the bulb is clear (at least it looks clear) and the color (amber on my 986) is from the plastic covering on the instrument cluster.
  3. Thanks much. I printed-out several of the threads here on RennTech on this subject. I think it's something I can tackle. I'm sure the service dept. won't even think about opening-up the instrument cluster and replacing a single bulb. Do you recommend replacing all 3 bulbs since when the instrument cluster is out and opened?
  4. Thanks. I mentioned replacing the bulb to the Porsche service department, and they acted like they never heard of such a thing (they suggested replacing the entire instrument cluster). Any ideas as to why the bulb would be intermittent. The display has not been illuminated three different times now after I start the car (in a timeframe of 24 hours). If I hit the top of the dash with my fist, the LCD becomes illuminated. Appears as if it might be a loose connection rather than a bad bulb?
  5. Thanks. I spoke to the Porsche service department again this morning, and they stated that they did not know anything about just replacing a bulb to fix this problem (but then again why should they when they can charge me 100's of $$ to instead of replacing a $10 bulb).
  6. I am having a similar problem where the SPEED and TEMPERATURE LCD display is very faint. If I hit the top of the dash with my fist, the display will come back to normal intensity. Is there a single bulb that is used to illuminate this part of the LCD display? ps. Dealer suggested I need a whole new instrument cluster. Thanks.
  7. Let me clarify, this is the speed and temperature LCD display on the bottom of the tackometer gauge. This is NOT the row of status lights below the three instrument gauges. I would be surpirsed if the LCD display could be controlled by a single bulb.
  8. The digital readout on the center gauge of my '99 Boxster was not illuminated (rather it was very faint). Took it to the dealer, he banged on the top of the cluster with his fist, and it started working again. He told me that this is a common problem with Porsches were the LCD "wears out" and that I would eventually need a whole new instrument cluster. After reading some posting here, it sounds like individual bulbs can be replaced to solve my problem. Is this true because bulbs will be a heck of lot cheaper than the whole instrument cluster. Thanks.
  9. the TSB I am looking at is #1/04 6924". Is that the correct TSB? The TSB documents a required part# 000.043.206.06 ("Service set belt buckle") which I referred to as the "wiring harness". The dealer qoeted me $55.02 for the kit. Do I really need the kit, or can I use my own wire connectors, shrink tube, and wire ties.
  10. The dealer replaced my passwneger side seat belt buckle to clear the air bag light, but now its back on. The fault codes indicate that its the passenger seat belt buckle (again). I assume the buckle is fine since it was replaced a few months ago, so I probably need to install the updated wiring harness that is recommended in the TSB. Is there any distiguishing characteristics that would indicate if I already have the updated wiring harness? As the TSB instructs, there is already some shrink-wrap over some solder connections which leads me to believe the procedure has already been performed. The TSB sounds pretty straight forward and easy. Any warnings on DIY? Thanks.
  11. The coolant level was the problem. I thought it was a temperature related problem because the light only came on once the outside temperature dropped. However, the level was just below the minimum mark, so I add a little bit of distilled water to bring it up above the minimum mark, and the light has not come on since. Since I was adding such a small amount of fluid, I added straight distilled water. After reading many of the threads discussing the "correct" type of anitfreeze to use, I was so confused and concerned about adding the wrong type, I decided it would be safer to add straight distilled water (since it was such a small quantity) and not risk adding the wrong type of anitfreeze. I will keep an eye on the level to make sure it does not drop again. Thanks for you help.
  12. Now that it has gotten cold outside, the temperature light on my '99 boxster comes on as soon as I start the car. I don't even rev the engine when started and it comes on. Even after the engine has warmed-up, the light remains on. If I turn the ignition switch off and then restart the car (after the engine has warmed up), the temperature light does not come on and stays off. I checked the coolant fluid level, and it is good. Should not the temperature light go off after the car has sufficiently warmed-up? Any ideas as to the problem? Thanks.
  13. Is there a restriction on printing the TSBs? I was unable to print a TSB. Is that normal for the RennTech site? If so, is there another site that will allow me to print the TSBs?
  14. Thanks Loren. I got it. I would not have guessed that "Sort" quailifier would prevent the search from working. Assuming that my airbag light problem is the same as the one described in TSB 1/04 6924, is this a DIY project that has been performed by others, or is this one that is better left for the Porsche mechanics? Seems like this should be covered by Porsche at no change (yea right) since it's a safety item.
  15. Attached is a screen capture I save into MS Paint as a bitmap file. Thanks for taking a look at it. I had to save it in low-res (16 bit) otherwise the attachement was too large for RennTech to handle.
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