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Old 10-05-2011, 18:23   #1 (permalink)
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Looking for a bulb for my speedometer display

I have an 1988 Thunderbird and need to know what kind of bulb is needed for the digital display? Would any chance an auto store will carry it? I need to get one as soon as possible cause I'm going back to work starting night shift on Sunday.
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Old 10-05-2011, 19:55   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Looking for a bulb for my speedometer display

As far as I know, there is no replaceable bulb. The cluster needs to be replaced or repaired.
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Old 10-06-2011, 06:20   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Looking for a bulb for my speedometer display

Is this the same fault ?

88 TBird with LED speedo display. All works but the MPH red readout. Changed with used cluster and all worked fine for 2 weeks and now does not work, same as before
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this cluster doesn't use a LED readout they are a special high intensity incandensant bulb behind the LCD display, the cluster has a type 194 (the most common bulb type in most dash displays) base but the bulb is Halogen, they come with the socket and are prone to burn out, pull the cluster and replace all the bulbs with the revised High output bulb available from the Ford dealer, did hundreds of these in the 25 years I worked for a Ford dealer as a tech, most lasted about 2 years before burning out, u can use a standard 194 bulb it just won't be as bright..

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Old 10-06-2011, 14:10   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Looking for a bulb for my speedometer display

Thanks, I have a check engine light that keeps coming on whenever I'm driving. If I turn the car off, and crank it back on the light goes away. Then once I drive another say 10 miles it comes back on.
I don't feel no power loss or anything.
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Re: Looking for a bulb for my speedometer display

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Re: Looking for a bulb for my speedometer display

Just use the 194's the are cheap and last longer. Thats all I have ever used and I can see the spedo with no problem even in direct sunlight out here on the desert.
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