It's really frustrating when the lights behind your gauges burn out, because you can't tell how fast you're going or how much gas you have left! Luckily they are easy to replace.

My car is a 2004 Impreza sedan. This procedure should be identical for all 2000 - 2007 models. Other Subarus will be similar but not identical. 

Step 1: Remove the "Combination Meter Assembly" (aka instrument panel, or gauges)

The repair manual calls this the "combination meter assembly". Normal people call it "gauges", "instrument panel", or "instrument cluster".

Start by moving the steering wheel as far down as possible, to give yourself space to work.

Take off the black trim piece around the instrument cluster by removing 2 screws in the top of the piece. Sorry my picture is cut off. See step 2 for a better view.

There are also 2 snaps at the bottom of the trim piece, pull it directly towards you firmly until they "click" out. To get the piece to fit past the steering wheel as you remove it, try tilting toward you. 
You failed to mention that there are bulbs other than #74 that may need replaced. You also failed to mention that most people will have to upgrade to Premium to get pertinent information to complete this repair. (Diagram of which bulbs should be replaced. ) All of which would have been great to know before I orded only the one bulb type and spent 45 minutes discovering taking apart my 2007 subaru forester dashboard only to discover that I could not complete this repair. I would have upgraded but not now.
<p>Hi! I've got a 2004 WRX turbo Sport Wagon and after nearly 11 years and 200,000 miles later, my instrument cluster lights went out. This guide was PERFECT! I'm a 34 year old female with limited knowledge on automotive repair and I was able to follow every step with ease and the lights are now bright and beautiful. Good as new. Thank you for sharing this!</p>
<p>What are the bulbs #'s that I would need for a 2005 subaru legacy?</p>
Not sure, mine is an impreza, which is different from legacy. Sorry!
<p>THEY USE THE SAME BULB. Please just tell me if it is a t5 or not please<br></p>
<p>Subaru Impreza sport 2004: J'ai remplac&eacute; les 5 ampoules brul&eacute;es par des ampoules #74 achet&eacute;es chez Canadian Tire &agrave; $2.25 chacune. Tout fonctionne parfaitement. Travail minutieux mais facile. 5 vis &agrave; enlever. Merci beaucoup.</p>
Thank you! I need to replace the light bulb which illuminates the odometer and check the &quot;check engine&quot; light because it doesn't come on during the self test.
thanks for the great write up, came in real handy when I had to replace some lights in my gage cluster as well. In addition I removed the original green tint and added a light strip behind the spedometer and tachometer to provide better ilumination. leds are bright enough that it provides ample illumination even with the dimmer turned all the way down.
Not bad

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