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The speedometer backlight on my 2007 Cobalt LT is out. The fuel and tach gauges are still backlit, just not the speedometer. I don't think it is a fuse problem, because it would be the whole cluster that would be dark, correct? Did some quick Googling on speedometer-specific light problems, with no success. Hoping someone here has seen this before. Are the bulbs in behind the cluster easy enough to replace myself? I see a couple screws around the cluster that I almost took off yesterday to start poking around... I just don't want to get in too deep before knowing what kind of trouble I can potentially get into!

Don't know if this is related or not, but I also noticed recently that the driver side half of the trunk brake light does not light up. Passenger side is fine.
 

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I have a 2010 Cobalt and am experiencing almost exact same issue. My tail lights also don't work nor do the little marker lights on the bottom of the tail light assembly. Replaced all bulbs with new and still no tail lights. Brakes and turn indicators work fine. The PRK Lamp fuse blows (10A) every time I turn on the headlights.

Did you resolve your issues?
 

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I have a 2010 Cobalt and am experiencing almost exact same issue. My tail lights also don't work nor do the little marker lights on the bottom of the tail light assembly. Replaced all bulbs with new and still no tail lights. Brakes and turn indicators work fine. The PRK Lamp fuse blows (10A) every time I turn on the headlights.

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No, haven't tried to tackle the cluster light yet. I found a YouTube vid on replacing the trunk light bar bulbs. Very easy. I have a week off work coming up where I plan to open up the cluster to get at the speedometer back light. I'll let you know if I have any success.

I don't know about your issue. Sounds like a short circuit or crossed wire somewhere. I am definitely not the right person to give electrical advice, though!
 

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The gauge cluster uses LED bulbs, I am almost positive about that. This would be the first time I’ve heard of a bulb failure in the cobalt gauge cluster, it’s possible you have a faulty gauge cluster or a burnt out bulb. You can send it out for repair, there is a whole cottage industry that repairs GM gauge clusters.
 

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Hey again,

Finally getting around to fixing this issue from a year ago. Both little LED's behind the Speedometer are actually out now, so I can't see it at all after dark. Just have to go with the flow of traffic (if there is any) and hope I don't get caught speeding too much!

I pulled the instrument cluster out today and took a look for what I need (pic attached). I followed this YouTube vid to take everything apart -
- it was super helpful.

I am not very handy with a soldering iron, so I am wondering if it would be quicker for me to just drive down to pick 'n pull and grab a new cluster assembly for $40.

My question is, are these assembly's just a plug-and-play thing? I called the local dealership, and of course they want hundreds of dollars for a new assembly, and an hour for "programming" it. I think I should be able to plug it in and go though, right? Anyone ever swapped an entire instrument assembly?

Thanks!
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I don’t know about the lights in the gauge cluster, as I haven’t had a chance to take mine out yet. I have in some of my other cars and replaced bulbs or added leds. However the lights in my hvac controls are only working on half the panel. I’m guessing they are similar in design and integrated into the circuit board and have to be disassembled to be replaced. Might have to just replace the panel. I had wanted to change the lights to amber like my old bmw. Easier to see at night IMO.
 
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