306 replace bulbs behind the speed indicator

Discussion in 'Peugeot 306' started by Katharina Norta, Oct 23, 2007.

  1. Hello,

    I need to replace the lights behind the speed indicator and tachometer
    at my car. Is it possible to do it myself (without deeper knowledge of
    cars, but I know how to use tools).

    I have a peugot 306, the old version from 1997.

    Do you know wich type of bulbs I need?

    Katharina Norta, Oct 23, 2007
  2. Katharina Norta

    David Hearn Guest

    I don't know what bulbs (in plastic holders) you need (should be able to
    get them from Peugeot, if not somewhere cheaper) but it's a relatively
    easy job to do on a 1998 new style (ie. fully electronic).

    You need to remove the upper cover of the steering column. 2 Torx
    screws (can't remember the size) on the underside of the steering column
    inside 2 deep tubes. You may need a reasonably long/slim screwdriver.

    Once that is removed, remove the 2 visible (smaller than previous) Torx
    screws at the top of the instrument panel fascia surround and any which
    are at the bottom exposed by removing the upper cover earlier. Now
    remove the fascia surround.

    I don't know whether the next bit will apply to you - you may have a
    cable driven speedo - mine was electrically controlled.

    Then remove the 3 (?) Torx screws holding the actual instrument panel
    in. The panel should now be loose and movable. Slide the panel forward
    and slip your hand round the back. There are 2 large electric
    connectors to disconnect. They have a locking lever on one of the
    narrow ends, which when released can be pulled up to slowly disengage
    the connector. Once both are disconnected, then the panel should be
    free to be removed, which I found to be the most difficult bit.

    This bit should now be the same as yours even if you have a cable
    controlled one and you've disconnected the cable.

    I found the best way to remove the panel is to pull it forward and then
    tip the top towards you so the clear plastic is facing down. Then
    jiggle it sideways towards the centre of the car, behind the steering
    wheel. That's the hard part!

    Once it's out, the lamps can be removed by rotating the plastic holder
    on the rear and then pulling out.

    I did this a number of times when fixing the speedo motor on my 1998
    306, and once you get the knack of sliding out the panel, it's a quick job.

    Just don't lose any of the screws down the steering column!

    David Hearn, Oct 23, 2007
  3. Thanks for the fast reply! :)
    It sounds not too difficult!

    Katharina Norta, Oct 23, 2007
  4. Katharina Norta

    Chrs Guest

    If you are doing it take your time and dont rush as u will make
    Chrs, Oct 23, 2007
  5. Katharina Norta

    Rexx Magnus Guest

    The bulbs are fairly standard console bulbs, the holders are a
    different matter and can vary from one car to the next. It is
    possible to pull the bulbs out if you're careful. You need to wiggle
    them in the left to right (if holding the holder so the contact pins
    are top and bottom) and it'll eventually come out.
    Rexx Magnus, Nov 8, 2007
  6. Katharina Norta

    harvestmouse Guest

    I had to replace my bulbs as all had blown. It was a real pain to get
    the speedo window out and easy to damage the window. When I did get
    it out I found 18 bulbs! I replaced all of them (just a push fit).
    I also had to replace all the bulbs behind the heater controls.
    harvestmouse, Nov 9, 2007
  7. Katharina Norta

    Chrs Guest

    You replaced all 18 of them? you had time todo all that? hahahaha
    Chrs, Nov 9, 2007
  8. Katharina Norta

    Rexx Magnus Guest

    I have some thermoplastic (hot water will melt it) and made a little
    socket to get those fitted. I didn't want to try to unclip all of the
    cables. :)
    Rexx Magnus, Nov 12, 2007
  9. Katharina Norta

    David Hearn Guest

    What happened to cause all 18 instrument bulbs to blow, in addition to
    the header control bulbs??

    David Hearn, Nov 27, 2007
  10. Katharina Norta

    harvestmouse Guest

    I don't know as it was like it when I bought the car (actually one of
    the speedo lights worked). I think it was just old age and noone
    could be bothered with the hassle of getting the speedo out.
    harvestmouse, Nov 28, 2007
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