How to repair the VW cabrio instrument cluster

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How to repair the VW cabrio instrument cluster
Repair the instrument cluster in your vehicle. (Speedometer image by mashe from

If the instrument cluster in your VW Cabrio becomes damaged, it can cause a significant problem for your vehicle as you will no longer be able to know how fast you are going or what fuel you have remaining. If this occurs, you should look to remove your instrument cluster in order to repair or replace it. If bulbs in the cluster are damaged, you just need to replace the broken bulbs in the cluster.

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Things you need

  • Wrench
  • Phillips-head screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Enter the driver's seat of your VW. Locate the lever on the lower left-hand side of the driver's seat that pops the bonnet open. Pull the lever and fully open up the bonnet. Remove the clamp bolt on the negative terminal with a wrench. Lift the cable off the terminal.

  2. 2

    Press the tab behind the steering wheel to change the position of the wheel. Lower it as far down as it can go within the steering column. This will give you best access to the instrument cluster.

  3. 3

    Remove the screws fixed to the rubber bezel around the instrument cluster using a Phillips-head screwdriver. Pull the bezel off the dash.

  4. 4

    Unscrew the three mounting screws which fix the instrument cluster to the dash. Slide the cluster out of the dash. Unclip the electrical connector from the rear. Remove the cluster fully from the dash.

  5. 5

    Turn the damaged bulbs in a counterclockwise direction to unscrew them from the cluster. Discard the bulbs in either the recycling or the trash. Turn the new bulbs in the opposite direction to install them. Follow the removal steps in reverse to install the cluster or attach a new one. Reattach the negative cable to the terminal and turn on the engine to check that the cluster works correctly.

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