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Old 07-05-2008, 12:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Rear Defroster Button Backlight

Hey Guys,

I just noticed the backlights on 4 of my buttons are out. They are the auto, off, defroster and circulate air.

I am thinking there must be a light that controls all 4. What do i need to do to fix this? Is there a fuse for it, or would i need to remove the center dash out?

Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 07-05-2008, 12:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes, there is 1 long bulb that is in the back. To get to it, you need to remove the wood bezel and detach the connectors. Check this webpage out for the part number... its number 4. CLICK HERE FOR PART #
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:06 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reply highmath. It is highly appreciated.
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Old 07-07-2008, 02:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Didn't you know that's the new Stealth Mode option from Acura? At 180K miles, my interior gets darker all the time. The fog light button barely works (hasn't had a light in ages, but now it has trouble staying engaged), cruise light gone, temp backlight gone, radio lcd acting up, what's next? One of these days I'll need to take the whole dash apart and I'll fix a bunch of those things all at once. But for now it seems crazy to spend bucks to take the dash apart just to replace a couple light bulbs that are cheap and not necessary.
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Old 07-08-2008, 04:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Its not a big deal of course, i just get annoyed that its out. I might just buy the part and do it myself, i dont know hard it can be.
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Old 07-08-2008, 10:34 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The hard part is taking the dash apart and putting it back together. Once you do that, the rest should be easy. I just don't relish the idea of all that work to get it apart. I'm one of those guys who always ends up with an extra screw or two and can't figure out where it went. Either that or I destroy an access panel or other pop-off part because I didn't know the right/easy way to get it free. I did that with my replacement mirror. What should be a 5 minute job took me over 1/2 hour and I still didn't get it quite right when I was done. Oh well.
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Old 07-25-2008, 07:43 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Any suggestions or hints for a DIY person? I have had this light out for some time and did not find replacing it immediately cost effective. If this replacement is relatively simple to do then I may reconsider.
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Old 09-04-2008, 09:15 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for the great tips, my temp control lights were out and I came across this thread. Ordered the bulbs, followed the instructions to pop out the trim, unscrewed the bulb from the back, screwed the new bulb in and snapped the trim back in place and all done in under 15 minutes!!!!!! Here is the thread to remove the trim: http://www.acuramdx.org/forums/showt...ight=blitzsafe
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Old 09-10-2008, 11:07 PM   #9 (permalink)
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hammermdx,

Thanks much for sharing your findings and attaching the thread link. It was very useful. I ordered my bulbs and replaced them fairly quickly as well.

I just can't believe that a service desk clerk a year ago stated that the entire dash had to be removed costing over $100 for the replacement work. This just reinforces the theory of getting a second opinion even if it is within the same service center.
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Old 09-27-2008, 03:38 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Hey Guys,

I am trying to take apart that front part to replace the bulb. When i make my little hook and i stick in the vent about 3 inches deep, where should i be pulling?

Are there clips i need to push on or what?
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Old 10-03-2008, 01:16 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Brainfry35,

I placed my hook end close to the back side of the perimeter of the faux woodgrain panel and pulled gently. As one side comes out, you may try pull the panel out by hand or using a tool to gently pry it out working your way around.

Hope this helps.

BTW, did you purchase 2 bulbs? If not, I would highly suggest picking up another one before starting the project. There is a high probablity the other bulb will go with the work you will be doing.
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Thanks Jupiter,

I will give it a try.

I only did buy one bulb as that's the only one that's out.

Thanks for the tips!
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Old 01-23-2009, 07:11 PM   #14 (permalink)
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To those that have done this... could use some help.

OK, I need to replace this bulb... read thru this post, bought the bulb, made the coat hanger hook...

Well, when I look in the vent, a couple inches back, there is what looks like a plastic mesh screen?? I don't see anywhere to pull... do I need to push thru that mesh screen? FYI - 2004.

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This shows pics of the back and how he pulled it out.
http://www.acuramdx.org/forums/showt...threadid=23167
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