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1.5 center shift / ac console illuminated orange when lights on?

wiztecy

Active Member
Apr 29, 2012
2,905
564
Santa Cruz, California, United States
I came across an older pic on the web showing the center console with the ac controls illuminated, all of the writing/accessories were lit-up. Mine isn't and has never been, so I'm thinking possibly a blown bulb from the beginning. Checking to see if anyone's 1.5 center console control layout is illuminated when the lights are on, for example parking.
 

supersnoop

Tesla Roadster #334
Mar 24, 2014
1,111
221
Pflugerville
Like this?

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supersnoop

Tesla Roadster #334
Mar 24, 2014
1,111
221
Pflugerville
I'd check the fuses, too. I'm not sure that's a single bulb. I've been worried that half of my drivers side seat heater light was out, but maybe there's just something blocking it.
 

slcasner

Active Member
Feb 20, 2011
1,226
833
Sunnyvale, CA
On my car #33 the illumination failed within the first two weeks of ownership. It was repaired by replacing the center console panel. It is still working now.
 

Sparrow

S105/ Roadster 189
Dec 14, 2010
757
246
Marietta, GA
Must be a very common problem, because my Roadster has never had any light there either. Never even dawned on me to have it fixed because I did not know it was a feature.
 

ecarfan

Well-Known Member
Sep 21, 2013
19,281
13,950
West Vancouver, British Columbia
My 1.5 has never had the console lit up as shown in @supersnoop's photo. I had no idea! I've only been a Roadster owner for 14 months. Sounds like that light failure is a common issue.
Thank you! Huge visual help. I'll check that connection where the ribbon connects to the pins.
Exactly which "connection" in @MLAUTO's photos are you referring to? Thanks.
 

slcasner

Active Member
Feb 20, 2011
1,226
833
Sunnyvale, CA
How does one remove the cover piece under the console?

The roughly horizontal piece with the LED embedded is not secured with any fasteners, it just tucks into the carbon fiber console. You can just pull it out along one side and then the other. I've done this to run my iPod extension cable inside on the way up to my iPhone holder. I think I started at the forward end when I removed it.
 

jordanthompson

2018 P100D Model X
Apr 27, 2011
589
53
Satellite Beach, FL
My million dollar question is : how do you remove the center console?
I have another thread where I recently lost the back light on my hvac panel in my 2.0 (which sits horizontally in the dashboard above the center console) . I am told it has similar lighting and I am hoping that the ribbon cable has become dislodged.
The only way I can imagine removing the hvac console is to remove the center console...
Does anyone know how to do this?
 

Sparrow

S105/ Roadster 189
Dec 14, 2010
757
246
Marietta, GA
Going to have my center ac console replaced. The unit costs something like $600 plus about $400 of labor bringing the total to around $1000 to fix.
 

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