Replacing Dash Lights in B5 A4




Introduction: Replacing Dash Lights in B5 A4

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I have a 1997 A4, and a couple of the dash lights were out, so I went to the dealer and bought some bulbs, WITH the socket.  It's really important you get the ones with the socket, because you can't just replace the bulb. [At least I couldn't figure out how to do it]

Anyways, you'll need
torx screw driver [T20]
flat head

DISCLAIMER : My Audi is a B5 and is one of the pre-face lift models.  If you have a later B5 your dash won't look like mine, and this instructable is less likely to help you, however, it is probably more or less the same, so give it a shot! Worst case you simply put your dash back in.

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Step 1: Taking Wheel Cover Off

Pull your lever under you wheel down so you can pull the wheel towards you and down. There's a little plastic piece you can just pull up and off, then pull back the wheel cover. You'll expose 2 screws. Use your torx screw driver to get them out.

Step 2: Pull Dash Out

Mine came out pretty easy.  There's technically 5 different things you need to unplug maybe only 4. The person who had my car before did something funky with one of the bulbs. If you look in the picture it's got blue tape on idea where that things go. Anyways, unplug everything, including the place where the temperature is and such. It's a tight squeeze, and semi a pain in the butt, so your flat head screw driver is kinda handy at this point. Some of them are really hard to reach, if you have "working on the car" gloves go ahead and wear them, unless you feel silly. I had little scratches on my hands cause I didn't wear mine.

Step 3: Replace Lights

This is another part where you need your flat head. You'll need one that's skinny and long to go down into some of the holes to get the bulbs out. I needed to replace the ones with the orange sockets. My low rpm light was out, and my high speed. Just give the orange sockets a 1/2 turn and flip your dash over. Wah-lah now put the new ones in! Super duper easy!

Step 4: Put Everything Back Where It Goes

Not that you can see it in the picture, but all the lights are back up and running. YAY!

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    5 Discussions


    Question 2 months ago on Step 3

    Does anyone know how to get into a 98 cluster? When I pulled mine out it looks completely different


    1 year ago

    I've removed a half dozen of those clusters and al of them have that one weird light with the tape. And they are have broken tabs I'm on the hunt for a non broken one.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Hey i want to replace red lights with the white ones too. This is a great instruction btw good job! Can you send me the lights' image that you bought with socket? One more thing is there a code for the lights like size?


    7 years ago on Step 4

    Great work,but would have been even better if you have waited till dark and then took the picture :)


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    true! i figure everyone knows what it looks like when their dash is lit up.