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I have a '97 LS400 with the standard entertainment system (radio/multichanger cd/cassette).

The backlighting doesn't work. It seems to be a common fault, judging from internet aricles I have read.

Can someone advise what the fix is (new bulb(s)?). If it is new bulbs, where can I get them, and how do I remove the front fascia of the unit so I can fit it/them? Some of the stuff I've read suggests that some soldering may be required. I'm OK with doing that, but just need some advice.

Thanks in anticipation

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You will have to take the whole unit out of the dash, take it inside and open it up :)

It's not the bulbs that fail (usually)

I have attached a pdf file which gives you step by step instructions with pictures


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If your OK with soldering I would suggest getting hold of some liquid flux ( RS components or CPC ) before you attempt the resoldering as the resistors are surface mounted not through wire.

If your not confident I can do these repairs so feel free to PM me.

You should also find that none of the other illuminated centre console buttons light up with this problem.

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