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Led Swap For Auto Shifter and Cubby

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by 05-RS1, Jan 21, 2006.

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    OK, I just got some bulbs today from somebody, but I'm still waiting for my LED's to come in the mail. When they do I'm just going to swap them out. Well, here's the long and awaited how-to with pics. The only things you will need are two 74 wedge bulbs and a small flathead screwdriver (optional).

    First, shift to neutral and put on the e-brake. Then take the shift knob off.

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    Next, remove the part of the console that has the cigarette lighter attached to it. Just tug on the silver sides and it will pop off. After that, remove the cup holder section. Same thing, just pull it off. It should look like this. I just left the cigarette lighter attached to it and moved it to the side, but you can unplug it if you want.

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    Ok, now it is time for some good 'ol elbow grease. You're gonna have to pull from the lower left corner where I'm pointing to. Gently tug and wiggle at the same time you are pulling it up, but be sure to control yourself because You are risking breaking something. You should hear a single click first. That means one of the clips are unhooked. It'll make the rest easier to take off since you got some slack now. So after the bottom left corner is loose, continue to take the face plate off from the entire left side and then to the right side.

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    Notice the black plastic piece that is still on the shifter. Try not to move that around as much as possible because it'll be a pain to re-align with the shift pattern.

    Ok, next step. Take a look behind the plate and you will see the bulb with a yellow rubber cap over it. It is attacked to a clear plastic piece. BE VERY CAREFUL WITH THIS PLASTIC PIECE! It is very very sensitive and if broken, you're going to have to replace it, otherwise it won't illuminate the shifter properly.

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    Now you will have to remove the clear piece from the shifter face in order to get the light out. Use your thumb to hold down the clip circled red in the picture. Then use a small flat head screw driver to gently lift up the plastic piece. I recommend placing the screw driver next to your thumb holding down the clip. It should lift up real easily.

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    Now twist the black plug and remove it from the clear plastic piece. Pull the wedge bulb out, replace it with your LED. Check to see if it turns on.

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    Attach it onto the clear piece and put the clear piece back into the face plate. You will have to slide the top part in first and then press down so that the clip you held with your thumb clicks back on to hold the clear piece snugly to the face plate. You should hear a couple of clicks that the clips make, which means the clear piece is securely back on. Turn it on again to make sure it still works.

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    Put everything back on in the reverse order that you took it off. Now remember that black piece that stayed on the shifter? After you put the face plate back on, shift around to see if it is still all lined up. If not you will have to take it off again and re-align it. Re-aligning it is basically trial and error. It took me about 5 min to re-align because I actually took that piece off :doh:.

    Ok, onto the cubby hole!

    Go to the passenger side and pull the carpet out a little bit. There will be one clip that you will have to unclip to get enough room to work with.

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    Now feel for the cubby and find the plug that has the cubby light on it. Twist it then wiggle and pull at the same time to get it out.

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    Now same as the shifter bulb, pull out the wedge bulb and replace it with the LED. Again, turn it on to see that its working.

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    Put it back in the reverse order. Stuff the carpet back in and don't forget to put the clip back on. Turn it on again...

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    And you're done! Enjoy the finished product! It is much brighter in person and even brighter if its LED. Like I said, I'm still waiting for mine to come in so these are regular bulbs in there right now.

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