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Old 16 Sep 2005, 07:46 pm   #1 (permalink)
Big Kahuna
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Greets.

2002 Camry LE. The dash lights--all of em including the heater, radio,
vents, fuel guage, speedo, etc.--are just kinda barely visible when
cranked to the max. Is there a way to brighten all these up?

Something simple like a rheostat someplace or would I have to replace
all those bulbs with something brighter?

Thanks,

tom
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Old 16 Sep 2005, 09:09 pm   #2 (permalink)
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On Fri, 16 Sep 2005 17:46:26 -0700, Big Kahuna wrote:

> Greets.
>
> 2002 Camry LE. The dash lights--all of em including the heater, radio,
> vents, fuel guage, speedo, etc.--are just kinda barely visible when
> cranked to the max. Is there a way to brighten all these up?
>
> Something simple like a rheostat someplace or would I have to replace
> all those bulbs with something brighter?
>
> Thanks,
>
> tom


This is a 2002? IIRC, they are pretty bright.

Did you buy the car new? Have you noticed a degradation in the brilliance
over time?

If so, I would look for a loose plug; just loose enough to allow
'carbonizing' but not enough to disconnect.

Either that or, as you suspect, the rheostat is carbonizing.

Alternately (this isn't one of those flourescent/vacuum displays, is it?)
you could swap out the 168 bulbs in the cluster for 192's. But from your
description it appears to be global, so I'd be looking for bad contact
somewhere; connector, rheostat or switch.
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Old 12 Jul 2009, 11:58 pm   #3 (permalink)
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On Fri, 16 Sep 2005 17:46:26 -0700, Big Kahuna <none@nothanks.com>
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>Greets.
>
>2002 Camry LE. The dash lights--all of em including the heater, radio,
>vents, fuel guage, speedo, etc.--are just kinda barely visible when
>cranked to the max. Is there a way to brighten all these up?
>
>Something simple like a rheostat someplace or would I have to replace
>all those bulbs with something brighter?
>
>Thanks,
>
>tom

Have you tried adjusting the lights via the control that is also the
oddometer/Trip reset button? Or in the gages?
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Old 13 Jul 2009, 12:23 am   #4 (permalink)
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<orlando46@NOSPAMearthlink.net> wrote in message
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> On Fri, 16 Sep 2005 17:46:26 -0700, Big Kahuna <none@nothanks.com>
> wrote:
>
>>Greets.
>>
>>2002 Camry LE. The dash lights--all of em including the heater, radio,
>>vents, fuel guage, speedo, etc.--are just kinda barely visible when
>>cranked to the max. Is there a way to brighten all these up?
>>
>>Something simple like a rheostat someplace or would I have to replace
>>all those bulbs with something brighter?
>>
>>Thanks,
>>
>>tom

> Have you tried adjusting the lights via the control that is also the
> oddometer/Trip reset button? Or in the gages?


Any vehicle that i have ever owned has a dimmer switch on the dash. When in
doubt, either RTFM and or do a Google on the net.

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