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Mad_mike
post 25th November 2008 21:57
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First of all, Thanks to purple worshippy.gif , for telling me that there was a bulb behind the clock in the 146
I thought when mine just showed up black dark, that it was going to be a wiring/earth problem
Anyway, here's how to do it. It only takes about 10 or 15 mins.
If anybody has any questions or feel I left something out, please do post a reply

WHAT YOU WILL NEED
1 Regular Philips screwdriver or drill/screw gun
1 Small Philips screwdriver
1 Small Flat head screwdriver
1 New Dashboard Bulb (afraid I dont have spec on these. I just brought my old one to Motor Factors and got one the same)

STEP 1
Open up the ashtray slot and press down on lid of ashtray to remove
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STEP 2
Pull the ashtray out totally from the holder
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STEP 3
At the back of the drawer unit, you will see 2 screws in the position shown in the red circles
Remove these screws with a regular Philips screwdriver or screw gun/drill etc
Now hold the unit firmly. The drawer, cigarette lighter, clock and hazard lights are all part of the one section.
Pull it firmly but carefully towards you
There are 2 push in fittings at the top and you will feel these release
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STEP 4
Now you can see the back of the unit
There are 4 different connectors here. Unplug each connector carefully making sure not to pull on the wires*.

1. Cigarette lighter
2. Green light for ashtray
3. Hazard/warning lights
4. Clock
* Some models might have more connectors if you have a boot release and foglights fitted
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Bring the full unit inside to a work surface as it is easier to work on, with small parts etc
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STEP 5
Leave the unit down in front of you and on top, you will see some plastic tabs
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You are about to remove the shaded section shown which contains the clock unit
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Carefully pop these open with a small flat screwdriver

STEP 6
Once the face is off the unit, push out the clock fitting which is clicked into place with some tabs also
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On the back of the unit, you will see 2 small Philips head screws
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Using a small Philips head screwdriver, remove these.
Also, please note the small green connector circled
There are 4 pins pushed through this from the other half of the assembly,
so be careful when splitting the 2 parts and let the pins slide out of the green connector
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Now with the 2 pieces apart, you will see the bulb pushed into the back piece
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This bulb is a straight push in/pull out bulb, so do not twist to remove, just pull it straight from the holder
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STEP 7
Replace the bulb and screw the 2 pieces back together again
Make sure the 4 pins line up for the green connector on the back board
Now put the clock section back into the holder and lock with tabs
Then put the face back on again and use the tabs to lock
Bring the whole unit back to the car and plug in all the connectors you removed previously
Make sure that the green bulb with holder is pressed in tight into its space
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This makes sure the bulb will line up correctly to light up the ashtray
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Once all the connectors are back in place, switch on the car and hopefully, you should now see this
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If all is ok, push the unit back into place and fix again with the 2 Philips screws

JOB DONE! coolio.gif
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post 26th November 2008 10:55
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Nice guide well done.. clapping.gif


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post 26th November 2008 16:59
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probably worth noteing that you will need a small pointy object to reset the time as simply pushing the buttons doest'nt always push them far enough.

good guide though, spot on.


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post 26th November 2008 22:57
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Good point, although my own one didnt need anything. The buttons seemed to protrude enough to set the time easily
Hope somebody finds it useful wink.gif
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post 26th November 2008 23:55
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first class guide, well done sir gleam.gif
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first class guide, well done sir gleam.gif


And thank YOU for letting me know it was only a bulb!!!
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Does anybody know if these bulbs are a direct swap? I have knocked and blown a couple of mine whilst installing the gauges, wouldnt mind upgrading them.

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if they are the right ones just remember led bulbs are a one way system so test them before you put the dash back together laugh.gif


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post 13th December 2011 09:39
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Nice How-To.

I managed to change all bulbs but unfortunately my clock is faulty. Strange numbers on screen, cannot adjust it etc.

Bad luck. Thanks anyway for the info.

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post 5th September 2017 10:28
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Hello everyone. I have the same problem with my clock but my dashbord is different. Its model 98 my alfa 146. I must remove something else after this 2 screws?
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post 5th September 2017 13:01
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Hello Dread-

I think it will be the same, but do you have the Euro-spec dashboard?

Do you have round air vents on the centre dash..?

Can you post a picture..?
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alfa 146 dashboard

My dashboard is the same like the picture

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post 5th September 2017 16:34
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That's what I thought-

we didn't get that dash in the UK, but we do have a few people on here from 'the continent'...

I am sure someone will have the info to get you going...
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post 6th September 2017 08:21
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QUOTE(Dread @ 5th September 2017 11:28) *
Hello everyone. I have the same problem with my clock but my dashbord is different. Its model 98 my alfa 146. I must remove something else after this 2 screws?


You'll have to remove whole vent. It was awhile when I was doing mine but I'll try to describe procedure.

Firstly remove ashtray, behind it I think there are couple more screws. Then remove round knobs for temperature, blower speed and direction. Just use some flat screwdriver or something similar to pry them out. They are really tight sometimes. There is screw behind one or each of them. Probably you'll have to pull out knob for air recirculation too.
Check if there are any screws on top of the vent in between vents - not sure about those but just check for to be safe.
Bottom part will be loose when all screws are undone, at the top there are couple slide-in spring like tabs - just pull whole unit carefully backwards and you're done.

Bulbs are glass wedge 1.2W, Osram code 2721 - make sure to buy more as the old ones tend to blow when fiddling with whole unit
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