Date: Mon, 19 May 1997 17:21:18 -0400 (EDT) From: [email protected]
Subject: DML: A/C Panel Illumination

>From: [email protected]
>Date: Fri, 10 Nov 1995 12:28:31 -0500
>Maybe it's time to run this tip again since there are many new subscribers. If
>you are tired of your A/C lights being on all the time and the heat damage
>this can do to your radio, here's a simple fix. Remove the access panel behind
>the passenger seat exposing the relays. Facing the rear you have a bottom row
>and a top row. Count three from the left on the top row and remove it. Save
>it ( it's the same as some of the others and can be used as a spare ). Get two
>1/4" spade connectors and a 2 1/2" piece of good wire. Put a spade connector
>on each end of the wire. One end goes in the bottom slot ( closest to you ) and
>the other goes in the slot to the right. Before you put it all back together start
>the car ( no illumination ) and then turn on your lights ( illumination ).
>When you have assured yourself that everything works, button it back up.
>There is a whole electrical diagram that will tell you why this works, but it
>doesn't really matter. The usual disclaimer applies.

Now I have another tip/fix...
I make the other fix and noticed that the A/C illum is even on with the parking lights and that the illumination is very bright and heating my car, too. So I put a standard relay instead of the original in. When you start the car ( no illumination ) and then turn on your lights ( illumination ), BUT it lights darker because of the red box (5 ohm resistor) which should dim the A/C illum lights and when you turn on your parking lights the illumination is also off ( like original )!
original relay standard relay

      I 30/51          I 30 <- to A/C illumination

85___ ___86       85___ ___86       <- switching from 87a to 87 at light on

    ___87a <- 12V from ignition-switch

    ___               ___
     87                87        <- 12V(10V)
ignition-switch from red box (5 ohm resistor)

Naturally, all the normal disclaimers apply.

Markus
GunkelWWW.AOL.COM germany

Date: Tue, 20 May 1997 01:24:41 +0000
From: BRUCE BENSON Subject: Re: DML: A/C
Panel Illumination

Install a 10 ohm resistor in the 2 1/2" wire and the lights will burn at the same intensity as the rest of the instrument panel.

Bruce Benson