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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-21-2007, 07:32 AM Thread Starter
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Question I cant see my speedometer at night

On my 73 cj5, the only lights on my seedometer, are very dim and mostly show the odometer. even with the hi beam indicator (little red dot) on, the rest of the speed ometer and fuel and temp guages are pretty dim. is there a bulb that may be out or is this normal?
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Check the light switch to make sure the wiper for the instrument lights is working up to snuff. Make sure the ground to the dash and lamp sockets is good. Then you may want to look at new bulbs. They do decay/darken with time.
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LEVE is right but I don't think they ever worked for beans. I have all new ones in mine and while you can see the speedo, you can't really see much else very well without staring at them. (not too easy while driving)

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Another alternatitive is using LED's in place of the bulbs....
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Maybe you should be looking at the road instead?


Or perhaps you should look into one of those surface mounted license plate lights. That would light up the whole dash. I've seen several jeeps with those. And while they don't look very authenic, I gotta believe they'd do a nice job......
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I think I like the license plate light idea.I can dim the "dash" lights by turning the light switch so I assume they are working. so I guess I'll have to make due. Caint speed much in this thing anyway. so I dont guess I need to be looking at the speedo too much , but I do like to know how much gas I have and what the temp reading is. any way I got bigger items to deal with now anyway. I went to change my pinion bearing to day and while I had the rear wheels off I noticed that I needed a new axle seal on one side and the axle retainer was in 2 peaces??? parts will be here next week so for now, I guess I'll be drivein the Tahoe for deer huntin. I wanted a jeep to tinker with so I guess I'm happy with my problems
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Not trying to belittle the advice given by the others but I have used a flashlight for years. It does get to be a bother; been thinking of fixing it. Some of it could just be burned out bulbs.

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I've been using a flashlight too. I usually wind up dropping it somewhere.
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I used the oval shaped bulbs vs the round ones, which seemed to move the element out more. I guess you know there are three bulbs in the speedometer cluster at 10, 2 and 6. Some bulbs I found were brighter, HD maybe.

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nope I haven't dug into it that deep yet but I know theres 3 there now! Thanks. I'm still waitin on parts for the other stuff I found. I also found where the parking break cables come into the rear drums. Now all I need to do is find some new cables and a handle or a pedal.
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