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Old 02-15-2010, 12:00 AM   #1
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Hello,

I am a newbie here and I've searched for the answer to this question for quite a while. When selecting a gear, my 2005 V6 automatic does not feature a light to see the gear (R, N, D, etc.)

Do your Mustang gear selections illuminate? Is this normal that mine does not? I've downloaded the PDF file that tells you how to disassemble the center console but I do not see anything on this forum about a light.

Thanks Guys and Gals! You are a big help!!

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Old 02-15-2010, 07:59 AM   #2
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81 views and no reply...ouch

Here is what I'm talking about. Does R, N, D, etc. light up at night when selecting a gear?

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Old 02-15-2010, 08:54 AM   #3
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I have an 09 and the selections illuminate. Do you have an owners manual? U can always download one and get the pn for interior bulbs.
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Old 02-15-2010, 12:30 PM   #4
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I contacted my local parts guy (who has been extremely helpful thus far) and he said that the shifter assembly appears to be just one piece. Is it possible that you can't just replace the bulb?

Surely someone else has had this issue....anybody?

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Old 02-15-2010, 12:58 PM   #5
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I havent had the issue but there has to be a way to replaceor fix the bulb.

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I contacted my local parts guy (who has been extremely helpful thus far) and he said that the shifter assembly appears to be just one piece. Is it possible that you can't just replace the bulb?

Surely someone else has had this issue....anybody?

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I cant find it online.
I bet its in my printed version of the Workshop Manual...
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Old 02-15-2010, 08:06 PM   #7
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thats strange, maybe just a harness got unplugged?
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Old 02-17-2010, 04:01 PM   #8
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I have an 08 and mine does light up, I don't think the actual gear selector is a bulb rather all of the gears are lit and when you change gears the colored plastic inside changes the color. Are all of your gears dark or just the gear you select?
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It lights up to show you the letter but there is no indicator in there. The shift handle is the indicator. I know some cars really go overboard with that. My old Accord used to have an indicator on the letter, and then an indicator letter that would light up on the dash. So if you were stupid enough to not see one you would see the other. This is a Mustang, they assume you are smart enough to know where the shifter goes.
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My TCI ratchet shifter changes colors.. You could always upgrade

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i SEARCHED THE WORKSHOP MANUAL FROM COVER TO COVER AND NO INDICATION OF BULB TYPE OR REPLACEMENT PROCEDURES.
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My TCI ratchet shifter changes colors.. You could always upgrade

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I got my Mustang new in 06. From the very beginning I thought it was odd my gear shift indicator wasn't backlit. I contacted a few reputable dealers in my area and they all told me they weren't sure it was supposed to be lit while others flat out said no. Recently I had the plastic covering (boot) on the gear shift bunch up causing the shifter to stick. After taking the entire console apart I found out that underneath the indicator strip was a ribbon light connected to power. After all this time it was meant to be lit! Of course naturally, neither the plastic boot nor light can be purchased regularly at what I estimate would cost between $30-$40 total. So now if I want it fixed, it will cost me about $260 to replace the entire gear box. I'm sure there's a way to tackle this if your'e experienced with interior customization.
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That light strip is illuminated by a single LED. It could be bad.
The shifter can be take apart, but you might not be able to get it back together.

Best bet is to get a used shifter for around $40-60, or a new aftermarket one.
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I bought a used 2007 and it doesn't light up its an auto gt convertable premium. I see the red line during daylight but absolutely no light at night it kinda sucks anyone find a fuse or way to repair this?... I've been told its not supposed to light up and another guy says it is ..
So from general info it is supposed to light up right?
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That light strip is illuminated by a single LED. It could be bad.
The shifter can be take apart, but you might not be able to get it back together.

Best bet is to get a used shifter for around $40-60, or a new aftermarket one.
LEDs have such a long life I caNT
SEE ONE OR MANY BURNING OUT
fricken caps lock
within a few years of service...

LED replacement would be a walk in the park for me...
Maybe swap it out for a blue LED? sexy?
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I noticed last night I hit a bump (small but enough) the light strip was on for the whole ride home. Went out again it was off.. I am assuming maybe its a lose connection or maybe the previous owner had a street fighter as the rest of the car was built over 10k before trading and I know it had a cai I can see the marks where it was.. And maybe he swapped it and it is loose ill pop it out and see if not the dealer will fix it as its still under warranty
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Old 02-05-2014, 10:17 AM   #18
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I too have this problem with my '08. I bought it from a dealership during regular business hours, so I never thought to check that light.

I researched and dug and looked for any information regarding this issue. I had the guy at the part store search. I asked some "knowledgeable" car people, and through it all I got nowhere. That led to me dismantling the entire center consul to try to Get to the bottom of it. I found that it is indeed an LED strip type of setup.

I'm not sure if anything short of replacing the entire gear shifter can be done. I tried just checking the connections, but everything seems to be in order.

Maybe a fuse is blown, but everything else works. I can't imagine a fuse dedicated to just that function. Did anyone ever get this issue resolved? If so, what was your solution?
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If it was a fuse, you'd lose a lot more lights or other things.

There is a connector for connecting the led strip to the wiring harness for the shifter. That could be loose or causing an issue. To get to it, you have to remove the console cover (ie, the top-half of the console); the wiring will be under the cup holders area.
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I have and am searching for an answer
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