In late 2006 my passion for Porsche that had been kindled by owning a boxster lead me to search for a 911. In February 2007 I found a lovely, well used 964 carrera 2 coupe in GP white and embarked on a new adventure. This running report is about my 964 that would be used for high days, holidays and track days and be a 'project car'. It wouldn't matter if it spent time waiting for things to be fixed as it wouldn't be used as a daily driver.

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Centre Console Lights (Jul 10)

Since I'd been chasing electrical fixes I thought it was time to get the back lighting in the centre console working. It had never lit up since I had the car.

Inside the console there is a plug in board with three low wattage bulbs. These must have expired many moons ago. Porsche recommend a replacement board (no doubt at a ridiculous price) to fix this rather than providing new bulbs. Rather than doing this I copied other peoples' approaches of replacing the tiny filament bulbs with LEDs. So I taught myself how to de-solder the old bulbs and solder in 12V resistor LEDs in their place:

So now I have little glowing symbols on the console at night:


Mr Bacchus said...

Hi Steve,

Would you know if the three symbols in the above image are standard on the 964? My car has three big orange lights so I am guessing the masking may have fell of at some point.

Fantastic website by the way, I think I have read every post now. A really great resource for new owners. Much appreciated.

Steve (Mr.Bacchus on PCGB)

Marc Polish said...

Hey Steve,

We're looking to do a video for replacing the lights on the center console. Perhaps we can talk about how you did it in greater detail?

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