The cabin light in my wife's Hyundai trajet is super old school as in stupid incandescent lighting. I urged her to let me upgrade it with led lights. Upon seeing me get to work she suggested I put a voltmeter I have always wanted to install into her car.
This instructable is dedicated to the new sense of upgrades in my wife with respect to her car (hopefully there will be more such life changing events).
Step 1: Removing the Cabin Light Fixture.
Four 10mm bolts hold the fixture in place. Once out I took it inside the house to do some soldering!
Ps: the wife has her eyes fixed on me before getting to solder her cabin light fixture.
Step 2: Installing the Leds.
Some soldering and some clever fitting.. The leds are now in place.
Step 3: Removing the Oem Clock.
The clock never worked properly for years. Removing it was a guilty pleasure... Almost like popping a zit. In the void created I will place the voltmeter.
Step 4: The Voltmeter.
This neat little unit will easily tell her if her battery is weak or the alternator has failed. It cycles between pure voltage reading and the % charge based on stage of charge reading. It needs to be programmed first prior to being used on a battery chemistry.
Her car tends to eat up alternators but later on I found out the Bogus car electrician was at fault. Hence the reason I'm excellent with electrical work and a happy coincidence at that! After much debate over the years she has let me upgrade the electricals. Little by little I will make her car super excellent! I shall work my charms.
I had to cut the old clock visor since it was polarized. I used evostik to attach the voltmeter behind the visor.
Step 5: Reinstallation.
The fixture went back in smoothly. Now to do a commissioning test.
Step 6: Completion.
Viola! Proper lighting and a helpful voltmeter. Now we are ready for the road!