Joined: 30 Jun 2017
2005 Dodge Neon SXT
|Post: #1 Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:03 pm Post subject: An easier way to put LEDS in the Cluster
|I won't be posting any pics here since the overall method of changing out the cluster lights is still the same, but the difference is in about 5 minutes of prep work that can save you so much time down the road.
9 volt battery
Test leads with alligator clips on either end(preferably one black and one red wire)
LEDs and sockets to be installed
Marker that will show up on black plastic(I used a silver sharpie)
Take your LEDs and put them into the sockets(my Neon is an 05 so the bulbs in the cluster are glued/wired into the sockets)
Attach each test lead to one side of the 9 volt battery, here's where having one red and one black helps out if you attach red to positive and black to negative.
Using the test leads, check the polarity of each LED/socket assembly and mark the positive side with your marker
The 2nd Gen Neon clusters have it so that the positive contact for each socket is toward the bottom of the cluster, if you have it so your marking on the socket faces down there will be no need to play around with all the LEDs until they all light up.
I'm not sure if somebody has posted something like this already or not, but could not find it in my searches. I figured this might help any of the Neon Guys and Gals still out there switching to LEDs behind their clusters for color or brightness. If you need to get sockets for the cluster they can be found on eBay for pretty cheap, but the contacts don't line up 100%. You'll need to turn them in fully and back off slightly, they will stay in place through even the most intense driving conditions.
Moderators let me know if I should have posted this somewhere else. Have a good day all.