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Originally Posted by Spanner_Brain View Post
If you (or your husband) have a set of small "torx" sockets/screwdriver bits/keys(like allen keys but starry shaped-widely available) then it is a 30 minute job to check. No need to disconnect the battery though you may wish to do so anyway to be sure.

If you search for "espace dash" in the search engine there is a guide with pictures that will show you how to get to the display unit.

You pull the speaker covers off at each end of the dash (firm but careful)

take out the 3 screws securing each speaker to the dash and unclip the connector.

lift the dash up in the middle, popping out 3 more snap fittings (plastic poppers - just like the speaker grilles) - unclip the connector from the dome sensor mounted in the dashboard by pushing the sensor upwards and out of the dashboard to get at the connector and unclip/remove it (can be tricky - patience required here) then lift the whole dashboard clear, taking care not to damage the fabric on the pillars at each side.

once you have done this there are a further 5 screws to remove to release the display unit from the dashboard,(careful not to drop them or the tool into the dashboard void on the two side ones!!!) two of them are hidden under the sticky back foam cubes on top of the display unit.

carefully turn the unit over and the bulbs are there, simply twist each ones holder to release and check.

I can almost guarantee you will find one or two blown bulbs. Be sure to replace them with the exact same rated bulb for obvious reasons.

I believe this is the problem you have and that whoever it is may be trying to rip you off.

It sounds harder than it really is to do, if you can use a screwdriver and you have the correct size torx bit, it is relatively simple.

Remember to search for the guide on here that has photos as it will prove very helpful if you are unsure.
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You're more than welcome,

We had our Espace 2 days before I had to do this and I managed it fine first time, the biggest problems you are likely to encounter doing this are:

Dropping anything into the void in the dash or removing the screws nearest the window from the speakers as the space is very limited.

I used a tiny extension on a simple screwdriver type torx bit to get enough advantage, though it may be possible to do it by hand just with the torx bit.

If for whatever reason you do it all only to find the dashboard doesn't light up at all and the red immobiliser light has come on solid, simply remove the dashboard fuse in the fusebox.
(check your owners manual for exact location - 4th from bottom on left hand row on mine),
put your sidelights on to prevent a spike of current to the dash and put the fuse back in, this will reset the display.

Hope all goes well and you get some blown bulbs replaced. There is still an outside possibility that the display is knackered, at least now you can make sure for yourself.

I personally think bulbs will be the cause, provided the lack of illumination doesn't migrate.
(ie; the bits that have gone dull stay dull, not light up again)
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I had the same problem on a Mk 1 Laguna, I don't remember from where I had the information but I found out it was most important to try to keep the removed dash in the same position that it fits with the car avoid turning it upside down etc, I dunno but I guess it must be something to do with the LCD display unit.

Worthy of note, avoid buying the replacement bulbs from Renault at the time (about 6 - 8 years ago from Renault the bulbs cost 2 each from a local motor factor I bought about 20 costing 0:10 each.

Finally although it may already have been mentioned, make sure that you have the Radio code if you intend removing the battery
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