Sunday, October 29, 2023

Skoda Yeti: Blue Bulbs And Orange Needles

how to install led in skoda yeti instrument cluster

Let's face it, the instrument cluster in the Yeti is quite boring. White, white and more white.
Today, I plan on changing that.

A quick scout around the Web and I find a couple of things I am going to need:
Within a week they have arrived.
Right, let's start.
Two hex screws to undo...

how to remove skoda yeti clocks
Now the clip behind the clocks...

skoda instrument clip

With the instrument cluster completely detached I am going to take it inside

how to remove skoda yeti instrument cluster

Four tiny hex screws to undo. And a couple of clips around the housing.
I am careful with these clips, they're plastic. 
Thirteen year-old plastic in the case of my Yeti. 😰

take apart skoda yeti speedo

how to pull apart skoda yeti speedo

The shell separates and I place it aside.

I remove each needle by twisting it (carefully) clockwise

how to remove skoda yeti speedo needle
Now I will lightly sand off the shine of each needle...

how to replace the needles on a skoda


All needles wiped with Isopropyl after sanding.
Now I will paint them in luminous orange - two coats - 10 minutes between coats.
Here goes. 👀

how to paint car speedo needles
While they dry it's time to tackle the LEDs.
The black dial faces come off after twisting them clockwise a little bit.

how to remove skoda dials

I can see that the five outer LEDs on each side are what I want to replace

I mark them with a felt pen.
I am not touching any of the others.

smd 3528 installation in speedo
Now let's separate the printed circuit board...

how to repair skoda dash clocks
how to repair car dash clocks at home

skoda car printed circuit board fix

Before I go any further I better first check that the LEDs I bought online are the right ones. 👀

install led smd 3528 in car
Phew! Looks like good times.
So now I will give the PCB a once over, in case any solder joints need re-soldering.

how to inspect a car's pcb
Nope. None. Great.

Okay. My needles are dry

And to me they are looking good, but I won't know for sure until my new LEDs are illuminating them.
Time to unsolder the 10 white outer LED's I marked earlier ...

can i repair a car pcb at home?

Yes. I'm doing this. 😲

how to solder car pcb at home?
tweezers for removal of led bulbs

One corner on each LED is angled a little

To identify positive and negative ends I suppose. 
Better make sure I replace them like-for-like or my PCB could start smoking. 😟

how to replace car dash bulbs?

how to solder at home on car pcb?

Well, that is all 10 replaced.
Here's the causality list...

unsolder smd led from car
Now let's take the board outside to my Yeti, connect it and see what's what...

how to test smd led after installing?


All 10 LEDs are working 😎

And my painted orange needles are looking sharp.
I reassemble and reinstall.
I have gone...

boring skoda instrument cluster display

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Good times.

driver's view inside skoda yeti

Thanks for visiting.
And feel free to stay tuned for more Yeti modifications I have planned.
If you want the SMD 3528 LED bulbs they are here on Amazon
And if you want luminous paint it is here on Amazon

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I will get a small commission, although not every time.
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I thank you for your support.

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