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post #1 of 13 Old 06-22-2009, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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Instrument panel lighting

I just purchased a 2001 360 and drove it at night last evening. I could not get the instrument panel to illuminate. The needles were lit but the rest of the guages were dark. I took it to the dealer today and they are going to pull the panel and send the display out to be fixed. Is anyone familiar with any issues with instrument lighting or is this a fluke? Thanks.
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post #2 of 13 Old 06-22-2009, 08:23 PM
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There are two buttons under the steering column on the left to the left of the alarm LED that flashes while car is parked.

One is to adjust illumination brightness.

Look in the owners manual. I don't remember the sequence but it allows you to adjust the brightness. I think you push both in and then you adejust brightness with one of the two.

I doubt anything is wrong with yours.

Try this first and if they do have to pull the panel I have replacement tach dial faces that look fabulous in the 360.
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Thanks for the informative reply. I will give it a whirl and see what happens. So far this car has been amazing!
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ya' this happened to me too

talk about 'stooopid' .... try that dimmer, you'll even educate the dealer on this one.

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Thanks to all. Tried procedure and got needles to dim and brighten but no backlighting for the dials. Does anyone know the specifics of the proceedure to see if I'm missing something?
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If you have no backlighting you may have a bad flourescent film.

I would suggest you check your fuses for the panel. If they are good then you will need a replacement panel. That ain't cheap.

The flourescent panel is a 115V illumination. There is an inverter built into the instrument panel that takes the 12V DC to 115 V AC.

So if the fuses check out, then the inverter or the panel is bad.

Check the fuses and advise.
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If you have no backlighting you may have a bad flourescent film.

I would suggest you check your fuses for the panel. If they are good then you will need a replacement panel. That ain't cheap.

The flourescent panel is a 115V illumination. There is an inverter built into the instrument panel that takes the 12V DC to 115 V AC.

So if the fuses check out, then the inverter or the panel is bad.

Check the fuses and advise.
Why does Ferrari find it necessary to have to use an inverter for instrument panel illumination?!, Just another unnecessary system waiting to fail. I would like to know as comparision. if any other car makers use an inverter, and if not, then was does Ferrari find it necessary?????...Mark.
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They have to.

The fluorescent element is a 115V AC unit. So to get 115 V AC from 12 V DC one needs an inverter.

Why knows why they did this? Same in the 430 and the Scuderia's.
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That is exactly what he may need.


I know the seller and these are legitimate but before you buy that check the fuses!
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Just back from the dealer- all is repaired. They sent out the instrument cluster and had the lighting strip replaced. Thanks for the help!
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Glad to hear it. Enjoy the holiday weekend and your Modena.
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It is a clever design on Ferrari's part but in reality an expensive and unnecessary way to illuminate the dials.
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