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Instrument Panel Removal

Discussion in 'Jeepster Commando and Commando Tech' started by Fresbone, Jun 27, 2024.

  1. Jun 27, 2024
    Fresbone

    Fresbone Member 2024 Sponsor 2023 Sponsor 2022 Sponsor

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    I need to put a new bulb in my alternator idiot light (69 Jeepster Commando) and can’t find a resource for removing the instrument panel to access the back. Unscrew it from the back or pop the trim out from the front or other? I searched the forum already and found information about the dashboard, but not the instrument panel, but I may not have the right search words.
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Jun 27, 2024
    sbdubya

    sbdubya New Member

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    The instrument cluster is held in by pressure provided by two metal clips on the top and the bottom (if I remember correctly they are about 1/4 of the way in from each side). If you can reach the bottom ones push them up and then slide it out bottom first. Then you can access the lightbulbs. If your hand is small enough you might be able to reach the back of the bulb socket and turn it then pull out that bulb. Good luck.
     
  3. Jun 27, 2024
    Fresbone

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    Thank you. I was able to get the bottom edge up and remove the bulb. I couldn’t easily get the top edge off. Bulb is bad. Hopefully that solves the problem.
     
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    colojeepguy

    colojeepguy Colorado Springs

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    I used a putty knife with some masking tape on it to sneak in there and pop those clips loose.
     
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  5. Jun 28, 2024
    Fresbone

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    The bulb was bad. I replaced the bulb and put in a new battery. Obviously started up right away because of new battery, but one very positive thing is that the voltage reading in the cigar lighter now gets up to 13.7 when I give a little gas. It was 11.7 before. The new bulb didn’t come on, but neither did the dash lights or left turn signal.

    I think I need to pull out the instrument panel and check the connections in back. I know for sure that one of the bulb sockets is broken.

    I also think the instrument panel dimmer is bad. I took it out and couldn’t get any resistance across the two connections. I jumped the two wires attached at the back of the dimmer and it still didn’t work. Head scratcher…
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  6. Jun 28, 2024
    sbdubya

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    To tell you the truth, I was rebuilding the original cluster in mine so much that I finally removed the clips and built up thin strips of gorilla tape on the top and bottom so that I could work it into place. Then pull on the speedometer cable on the engine side of the firewall to seat the cluster. I've replaced the circuit board, new wiring pigtail, rebuilt the speedo a couple of time (needle would bounce wildly above 20 mph) and repainted the face of it. I finally scored an NOS speedometer section that was still in the box, it is in KPH (Canadian version) and I left it like that.

    Yes there is an overlay in MPH I could put on it but the "mileage" would still be in kilometers. I just have to remember to times the first number (or 2) of the speed by 6 to get my MPH (20 KPH= 12 MPH, 100 KPH= 60 MPH), it's not like I'm going to outrun anyone in it anyway. When my friend drove it the other day to a show while I drove my CJ5 as soon as we got there he couldn't apologize enough because he thought he was doing 100 mph on the short stretch of freeway we were on. I was laughing my *** off until I told him what was up.
     
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  7. Jun 28, 2024
    colojeepguy

    colojeepguy Colorado Springs

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    I did the same thing on mine, bought a NOS speedo in KPH. I put the new mph face on it.
     
  8. Jun 28, 2024
    Fresbone

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    When I drove it home from the beach, I had no instrument lights, so i used tire noise to estimate speed!
     
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    sbdubya

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    As long as I keep up with traffic I really don't look at my speed.
     
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