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    yeah im trying to snake an led on the side. Just use a 220 ohm res?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blynd_spy
    yeah im trying to snake an led on the side. Just use a 220 ohm res?
    220 should be about right.
    I will be modding my wife's car with blue LEDs and I may redo the guide with more detail on the general backlighting then.
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    cool, thanjs for the help


    another quick question, in the attached pic I circled the two wires i fried and ran jumpers...would this in any way contribute to my heater not producing heat? Havent troubleshot the problem yet, but pretty sure its not the flap.
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    If you do this, this would be a good time to fix the AC problem being on when you have the defrost mode on.....kill two birds with one stone.

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    good write up.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by blynd_spy
    cool, thanjs for the help


    another quick question, in the attached pic I circled the two wires i fried and ran jumpers...would this in any way contribute to my heater not producing heat? Havent troubleshot the problem yet, but pretty sure its not the flap.
    that board has nothing to do with controlling the heat. it must be the manually driven part.

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    thats kinda what i figured..just wanted to make sure before i tear things apart. The control arm for the heat seems to be functioning properly...what else could be keeping the heat from coming through..fans are definitely fine btw.
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    Were Did you take the 2 10mm 12 volt Leds?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blynd_spy
    cool, thanjs for the help


    another quick question, in the attached pic I circled the two wires i fried and ran jumpers...would this in any way contribute to my heater not producing heat? Havent troubleshot the problem yet, but pretty sure its not the flap.
    You are probably not getting any heat because u might not have installed the cables (from the unit to the air ducts) correctly. For the temperature control cable, when u clip it back into position make sure you use the clip that is on the duct unit. My clip fell off and i either have full heat or no heat (have to change it manually). Mazda has the clip for $2.50 (Canadian Dollar)

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    thanks, but yeah i fixed that the same night. Clip wasnt on the plastic piece and didnt feal like posting my stupidity.

    Sure would have been a cold winter of 2005, thats for sure..
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    when i try to remove my center panel thingie, it seems to be held on by the ac knobs at the bottom, and they seem to be screwed on the back of it, and the space is very tight to get a screwdriver behind it. ill post pix if i have to. im trying to paint the center panel.

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    you just need to disconnect the harness, there are two of them. Also need to disconnect the cables that connect to the flap controls on each side and two metal clips that hold them in place. Then the radio bezel will come out with the AC controls attached, then you can remove the AC controls easily and paint away
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    Note: If Backlight goes out on your protege5 (mine is 2003.5) the backlights are not LED's. They are a replacement bulb that fits into a push and twist socket. You must remove the bulb and bring it into a car parts store. It should be a 2721 instrument/courtesy bulb. 12V.

    Total time without running to find the bulb: about 1.5 hours to take apart and put back together the console.

    Have fun with the cables!!

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    4 yr old post. lol.

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    Will any old 5mm LEDs work? If it doesn't matter I could try this mod out right now. Thanks

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