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The bulb on the instrument cluster the illuminates the "D" for drive is blown. Took it out and checked at Advance Auto and they do not carry it. It is a wedge type where the bulb and base are incorporated together, smaller than the rest of the bulbs in the cluster, and takes a flat tip screw driver to take out. Anybody know the bulb part# and where I can find one?
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Maybe an online cross reference site? I'm sorry I can't help you with the part number. As you mentioned, that bulb is the only odd-ball one in the cluster. From my experience, also the most common buld in the cluster to burn out. I'd call your nearest dealer, I bet the have it in stock. I know we have a bunch on hand at my shop.
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Thanks Matty. The only thing I can find online is the LED replacement and would prefer to stay with the standard bulb. Hopefully, somebody will chime in with the part#.
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The Biggest mini Bulbs on the Instrument Cluster are Commercially Known as Wedge T-10 the T is from Tubular and 10 is their size in Milimeters; T-10 are used as Background illumination behind the Main Needles and indicators. (Big Black Socket)

The Smaller wedge bulbs are commercially Known as T-5 and are used on the Smaller indicators, such like Check Engine, Seat Belts, etc... (Small Black Socket)

There are Two Oddball Bulbs in there; the Rare T-6.5 Used behind the Tripmeter Numbers and behind the Low Gas indicator. (Medium Grey Socket)

And that Bulb behind the "D" which is commercially Known as NEO-WEDGE T-3.

Here you can visit a web link with a source of Them (Non-LED bulbs, just "Standard" incandescent bulbs:

~► R509TQWH 65MA T3 White Panel Bulb 14V 1.2W White

That bulb is also used in Hyundai Vehicles.

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I see your research did others some good :-)
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Loyale2.7T , thanks for the link. I'd given up hope of ever finding them here . Even the kia dealer wouldn't help !
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Ordered, delivered & fitted.6 days ,lovely to be able to see the switches at night rather than operate by touch ! lol.
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Better yet, if you take the instrument guage panel out, you will see that there are extra bulbs in the panel that are not used if you have a gas engine. There are bulbs in the panel for diesel engines ( glow plug and sediment ). Just take those out and put them in the blown out bulbs spot.
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Ordered, delivered & fitted. 6 days, lovely to be able to see the switches at night rather than operate by touch! lol.
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I see your research did others some good :-)
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Thank you Dave for your Kind Words, which are Highly appreciated.

Sorry for Hijack this thread but let me Share here

some useful info about instrument clusters' Bulbs:


These are the Most Common Bulbs for instrument Clusters:






Here's an Easy Visual Guide:



The Wedge Bulbs Themselves are sold separately from the Sockets, But beside those "Wedge" bulbs, instrument clusters' also Use another kind of Bulbs which comes already Mounted with the Base, those are known as "Neo Wedge" Bulbs and are intended to be non-removable Bulbs ... Despite that you can remove 'em from their bases, those aren't sold separately. The Neo Wedges are Known as the T3, T4 and T5 and comes either with Long or Short Bases (which could be Black, grey or white) usually goes behind the Transmission's shifter position numbers, on Automatic cars with such display on the instrument cluster. (You know: P, R, N, D, 3, 2, 1)





I've already retrofitted LED Bulbs on 17 different Cars of many Brands and counting, it started with my own "BumbleBeast" Subaru long time ago, then my Wife's "KiaStein" then my Dad asked me to do that on his Cars, then some Friends who saw my cars at Night asked me to do such retrofitting on their cars and some friends of those friends too... it is the Snow Ball Effect somehow ...

By the way, I had to build my Own Neo Wedge Long Base LED Bulbs for Kias, because it was easier for me to Cut the Base from a Used Neo Wedge Bulb, remove a Wedge T-5 LED from its base and weld its electrical contacts, the LED Bulb already comes with its resistors; as you can see here:




I only Wrap the Weldings with Electrical isolatin' Tape and Voilá!



I also covered one of those I Made, with a Condom-like Green Rubber, in order to Dim a little the Brightness in a 2003 Kia Spectra's instrument Cluster; it was for the "D"
(for Drive in a Automatic trans model) Display on the cluster.

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