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    Default 1999 306, Clock display very very dim

    Hi guys.
    I just noticed that the clock and temperature display in my 306 has gone very very dim. For example when I have my sunglasses on it just looks all black, if you get real close to it you can make out the numbers.

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    What could be the problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nomis View Post
    Hi guys.
    I just noticed that the clock and temperature display in my 306 has gone very very dim. For example when I have my sunglasses on it just looks all black, if you get real close to it you can make out the numbers.

    What could be the problem?

    Thank you
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    It's a simple fix. You unclip the fascia around the clock (use a flat bladed something) then two torx screws hold the clock in.



    On the back of the clock are two square plastic things that you turn a quarter turn to reveal two bulbs. Replace these blown bulbs with new ones (I think they are 1.2W T5 or something similar - just take the globe to REPCO, Burson, SuperCheap, etc.) and refitting is a reversal of the removal procedure (sic).

    That should fix things considerably.
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    Are your sunglasses polarised? Have you tried sans sunglasses?
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    Be careful that the globes are correctly aligned in the holders. Its easy to misalign them and the new globe doesn't work.

    Also, be aware that polarised sunglasses make some displays impossible to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLC206 View Post
    It's a simple fix. You unclip the fascia around the clock (use a flat bladed something) then two torx screws hold the clock in.

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    On the back of the clock are two square plastic things that you turn a quarter turn to reveal two bulbs. Replace these blown bulbs with new ones (I think they are 1.2W T5 or something similar - just take the globe to REPCO, Burson, SuperCheap, etc.) and refitting is a reversal of the removal procedure (sic).

    That should fix things considerably.
    Awesome man thanks a lot, will check it out.

    Regarding the sunglasses comments, I shoulda made it more clear in my original post that the problem still occurs when I am not wearing sunglasses :p!!!

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    Default It's NOT the globes!

    When did you last see your Optometrist?
    Over the summer break I've got to pull the Foulcan's dash to bits to replace 3 or 4 blown globes. I've got no problem but SWMBO gives me grief regarding the instrument/dash not being as "reliable as her Honda Jazz!" There is a ten year age difference in 'her' favour!
    Also her's has done 92K and mine 280K with the obvious % of night/dark driving!
    At least your's straight forward.

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    had the same problem with my 306. just carefully remove the clock its not too difficult. check the globes arnt blown and take them to an auto one and they will replace em cost u like $5 absolute max and then put it all back together. with the temp gauge im having the same prob also the climate control light is dim. i really dont want to have to dismantle the console or dash and risk snapping a crucial piece of plastic and subsequently have a loose fitting dash.

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