2GN.ORG 2GN.ORG
The best source for the Second Generation Neon - Period.
 
 Watched TopicsWatched Topics   FAQFAQ   RulesBoard Rules   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   LinksLinks  :: Register
 ProfileProfile   GarageGarage   1/4 Mile Table1/4 Mile Table   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

Instrument cluster is dim


 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    2GN.ORG Forum Index -> Interior
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Dennis Blewett
2GN Registrant


Age: 30
Joined: 22 Jul 2014
Posts: 31




Post: #1   PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:45 pm    Post subject: Instrument cluster is dim Reply with quote

Part of the instrument panel in the 2000 Dodge Neon is dim. What bothers me the most is the speedometer. It's dimmer than other areas of the panel. I, at least, don't believe it's an illusion of my mind. It's somewhat dim but not completely dark. It's dim enough to be an annoyance. Any advice would be welcomed.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message  
Gnuserup
LE, R/T, SXT, SRT
2GN Registrant


Age: 46
Joined: 28 Jun 2009
Posts: 713
Location: Germany



Post: #2   PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

replace the bulb ?

The bigger grey plugs...


_________________
owing possibly the most neons in europe
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message  
occasional demons
Mr One World
Moderator


Age: 51
Joined: 03 May 2007
Posts: 19780
Location: Ashland, Ohio

2001 Dodge Neon ES

Post: #3   PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bulb could be either burnt out, or near the end of it's life. They can blacken the inside well before they fail.

Also the contacts can get slight corrosion on them, or the tension gets weak, causing poor conductivity. I currently have that issue, as the lights intermittently fail to work, at random locations in the cluster.
_________________
Bill


2001 neon ES MTX with '02 R/T PCM
1999 neon 2.4 EDZ MTX
Help support 2GN!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message AIM Address
NickKo
2009 Gold Contributor


Age: 52
Joined: 11 Jun 2006
Posts: 2421
Location: IL./WI.border



Post: #4   PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is a very good idea to check and clean the grounds. Exclamation

Two places to check:

1). The grounds that attach to the upper radiator core support, near the headlamps. Very Important.
These are the grounds for the drivers in the PCM.

2). There is also a ground inside the dash.
On 1st gen Neons, this is behind the radio. I don't know about the 2nd gen Neons, but I assume it is the same.




For the grounds - Be sure to wire brush and clean these down to bare metal - Including the wire lugs/terminals and attaching screws.

After cleaning and re-attaching everything, be sure to use something as a rust inhibitor. At the very least, something like PB Blaster - Or coat these with dielectric grease, or Vaseline, to 'seal off' corrosion.
(Again, you'll only want to apply this after re-attaching everything.)

Be sure to NOT operate any accessories with these grounds disconnected. It may not be a bad idea, to disconnect the battery to prevent any accidents - Until you are done.


After cleaning the grounds on the upper radiator core support on our 2nd gen - I noticed that the dash cluster lights, were (noticeably) brighter.
I noticed the difference, even during daytime. Very Happy I know that this helps.


- Nick
_________________
-1998 2-dr SOHC MTX= 57mm TB; Maddog STS
-1999 4-dr DOHC ATX= UDP, Kirk Intake
-2000 Ply.LX with MTX = Maddog STS; CAI; 2.5 in. exhaust
-2001 Ddg. ES with ATX = UDP and Magnum header...Syked PCM 'pending'.

Official "I'm Going to Drive My Neon till it Dies" Club #000009
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail MSN Messenger AIM Address Yahoo Messenger
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    2GN.ORG Forum Index -> Interior All times are UTC - 8 Hours
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by p h p B B © 2001, 2005 p h p B B Group
2GN.org Decals
tristateneons.org