If your combination meter (instrument pod) is anything like mine was, you may well have patchy back-lighting, or warning lights that you never knew you had! This is probably because some of your tiny dash bulbs have blown or blackened.
Changing these bulbs is actually quite easy, however, getting to them is a bit fiddly. You will need to remove the entire instrument pod from the dash to allow proper access.
A couple of things to be aware of:
In true Nissan fashion, the replacement bulbs and sockets (sold together) cost an extortionate amount, so if you know of cheaper alternatives, go for it. Don't be tempted to use white LED bulbs. These are too glaring and play havoc with the colouring of all the warning lights and back-lighting.
When you remove the plugs from the back of the meter (see later), it will reset your clock and trip meters. So make a note if the figures are important. The odometer is unaffected.
WARNING! Be very careful when accessing the rear of the combination meter. NEVER have the ignition switched on and ensure nothing touches the contacts while the connectors are still attached. The meter is very sensitive and circuits can easily be blown. Nearly every electrical circuit in the car goes through the combination meter, so damaging it is not good news!
You will need a cross-head and small flat-head screwdriver.
Undo the three screws holding the top cover on the steering column (arrowed in Figure 1).
The cover will unclip by pulling it up (Figure 2). Lower the steering column using the heigh adjuster.
Undo the two screws holding the combination meter surround into the dash (arrowed in Figure 3).
Remove the surround by pulling the bottom edge towards you (Figure 4). Once it unclips, push it slightly down to release the top edge away from the top of the dash.
With a little manoeuvring, the surround will lift clear (Figure 5). Watch out for the two push controls in the pod and the (rather inconvenient) wiring and plugs on the steering column.
You now have access to the actual combination meter. Remove the three retaining screws (arrowed in Figure 6).
The meter will now pull forward (Figure 7). It won't move very far, as it is still attached by three connectors on the rear.
Tilt the top left edge of the meter towards you. You will see a white connector (Figure 8). Using a small flat-head screwdriver, push the connector-lock in until it releases, then remove the connector block. This is the trickiest of the three connectors, due to the lack of movement in the wiring loom.
With the first connector removed, the meter will tilt further forward allowing you to see two more (brown) connectors. Use the flat-head screwdriver to remove the second centre connector (Figure 9).
Tilt the meter further and repeat for the third connector (Figure 10).
With the three connectors removed, you can lift the combination meter clear of the dash. If you are struggling to get the meter past the steering colunm, check that you lowered the column fully. You will now see an empty dash and lots of wiring (Figure 11).
Take a look at the combination meter now. Treat it carefully, as it is a precision instrument and can be damaged if knocked about too much. Turn it over and look at the back (Figure 12). You will see all of the small bulb sockets. You can see in the photo of mine that there are only two different coloured sockets. In fact, there should be three different colours.
Figure 13 shows the FAST part layout for the rear of the combination meter. The bulbs are labelled A, B and C. The key shows which are which. Basically, the brown sockets are for warning lights, the black sockets for back-light and the blue sockets to back-light the two LCD elements.
||14V - 1.4W||
|B||14V - 3W||P/N: 26262-01P40||Black Socket|
|C||14V - 2W||P/N: 24860-40F02||Blue Socket|
Remove each socket by twisting it and check for any blackened/blown bulbs (Figure 14) and replace as necessary. You may find it beneficial to hold the pod up to the light to see which warning lights are which. You may find that you have never seen them lit before! Some of the socket holes will be empty due to either being blanked-off or certain equipment not being fitted. Two examples are the HICAS and fog warning lights.
Once you are happy that all bulbs are working, refit the meter by following the instructions in reverse.