My Check Engine light is out on my dash. I"ve been trying to pry the dash panels up so I can access the burnt out bulb and change it but to no avail. I am wondering if the dash panels are removable? If not, how do I change the bulb?


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09 Jun 2010, 05:52 pm
CREWZIN
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Re: Change Check Engine light
Welcome to the forum.A search of the General or Tech section has loads of already talked about repairs. Here"s the one you need.PT Dash Lamp Replacement

Crewzin, while that thread is a nice resource, it doesn"t apply to this problem.The check engine light is an LED and is not serviceable. The only serviceable bulbs in the cluster are the illumination bulbs (which are addressed in the linked thread), the high beam indicator, and the turn signal indicators.
My Check Engine light on 02 Pt Cruiser is not working. Is the bulb out or is there a fuse out causing the problem?? What do you think is wrong that the check engine light won"t come on? Please help
My Check Engine light on 02 Pt Cruiser is not working. Is the bulb out or is there a fuse out causing the problem?? What do you think is wrong that the check engine light won"t come on? Please help


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Hi, and welcome to the forum from the great sovereign state of Arkansas!You have resurrected an old dead thread. But that"s okay.The check engine light is an LED that is soldered to the board in the instrument cluster. First, make sure it does not come on at all when the key is turned on but before the engine is started. Here"s a photo I took of the board in a 2003 GT instrument cluster. It"s not the same but similar to the one your 2002 PT. You can see the bulbs soldered in at the bottom.
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Dissembling the cluster is not easy. The needles have to be removed from the gauge faces and then later put back in exactly the right positions. If you have the wherewithal to solder in a new bulb, then you may have the skill to figure out how to take this apart. The easier fix is to simply go to a salvage yard and get another instrument cluster. It will likely be under $30. And that turned this project into a one hour job rather than an all day experience with lots of gnashing of teeth. The only down side to just trading the entire cluster is that the odometer reading will be for the PT the cluster came out of. So you may gain or lose mileage. Either a 2001 or 2002 cluster should work. A 2003 through 2005 might work, but I am not sure. But I do know you cannot use a GT cluster in an NA PT without creating several problems. Whatever you do, please come back to this forum and tell us what you did to solve your issue.
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PS: And to remove the cluster, you have to remove the center bezel, dash board and cover from the left side. Then there"s just four bolts holding the cluster in. It will just unplug when you pull it out.
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