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pepi
post Nov 16 2007, 08:37 AM
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This is the second time the select light bulb on the steering wheel goes out, the first time it was under warranty and the dealer changed it out, it probably is still under warranty or maybe covered under the extended warranty but i just doen't feel like hanging out at the dealer all day or having to get a ride back forth from it.
I'd like to possibly change it myself if its not to difficult.
Does anybody know how to do this?
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post Nov 16 2007, 04:04 PM
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The silence is deafening, guess I'll be going back to the dealer. Oh well sad.gif


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post Nov 16 2007, 04:53 PM
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I just noticed that one of mine is out too. The lower left control. If my honey do list isn't too long, I'll take a crack at it. Anyone else take a look at this before? Hang in there Pepi, we might be able to help!


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post Nov 16 2007, 05:21 PM
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I've got one out too. I figured it wasn't worth the effort to take care of. dry.gif

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post Nov 16 2007, 05:31 PM
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learn something new everyday! I didn't even know my steering wheel had lights! I'll have to check! biggrin2.gif


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post Nov 16 2007, 06:57 PM
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Carguru had the instructions on how to fix, I believe you need a new button and I thought you have to take the steering wheel complety off to do this repair. I have had one out for over 2 years, I just deal with it. sad.gif


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post Nov 17 2007, 04:02 AM
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can't be that hard, jus pull the wheel (if u HAVE to) and replace some lights (MAYBE re-solder...) easy fix I SWEAR!


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post Nov 17 2007, 08:35 AM
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Hmmm, I'll have to find this write up? I just don't recall it??


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post Nov 17 2007, 10:29 AM
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you don't have to pull the steering wheel off! that's alot of extra work. get two small flat head screw drivers, slide them on either side of the button and just pull the buttons off. I mean both of them by the way, not individual ones. One went out on the bottom right of mine. both of them on the bottom right are in the same housing and it has a small harness attached to the back. you can take the harness but be careful, there isn't much slack in the wire. when you take a part the housing check the bulb that's out. the solder on my bulb actually was apart. i resoldered it and it worked fine. I'd try that before takin it to the dealershit
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post Nov 19 2007, 08:32 AM
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Sippi - Did you take pic's? I looked at it this weekend, and had thought it was going to require pulling the wheel and be a big job. Never dawned on me to try and pry the buttons.


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post Nov 19 2007, 09:37 AM
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I won't speak for Sippi but when my "mileage" button went out, I bought a new one for $10.00 and replaced it. I suppose for those of us that are solder-challenged, the ten spot was worth it and the replacement was very easy. The only thing to remember is allowing the capacitor for the air bags to discharge before taking out the air bag.

Initially, I tried the 2 screwdriver thing, then the 2 screwdriver and needle nose plier thing and then the "cursing" and tugging thing - but no luck. When I had my steering wheel apart, there was little to no play in the wiring.

I used the write up off the forum for steering wheel replacement and the only added expense was the steering wheel puller I purchased for my '04 (but I think that a good auto parts store might have one to loan or rent).

Good luck.
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post Nov 19 2007, 09:47 AM
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Do you have a link? I just searched the FAQ and couldn't see it??


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post Nov 19 2007, 11:21 AM
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Geez Louise...I tried looking again and could not find it. cry.gif

It was in a section that showed how to do an aftermarket steering wheel replacement. I printed it off and have it in a notebook at home. It should have all of the IP stuff at the bottom of the print out...but the instructions and pictures were fantastic....and like I said, it was an easy fix (and that's saying a lot for me). The only two tricks...1) unhook the battery for 30 minutes before tearing into the steering wheel 2) you need special puller legs for the chevy/gm steering wheel, to pull it off.

I'll keep looking...if no one else finds it today, I will have the answer by tomorrow. smile.gif
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post Nov 19 2007, 01:33 PM
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Oh, I know which one you're talking about. I saw that where CG posted a link on how to remove the wheel.

I'm sorry - I thought you said CG had a specific repair write up. I get it now. Thanks.


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post Nov 19 2007, 02:08 PM
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Scott, I tell you what, the office is having a very hard time keeping my attention today so i'm about to get out of here. I'll snap some pictures and post here in a few mins.
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post Nov 19 2007, 02:35 PM
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QUOTE(Scott @ Nov 19 2007, 02:33 PM) [snapback]155056[/snapback]

Oh, I know which one you're talking about. I saw that where CG posted a link on how to remove the wheel.

I'm sorry - I thought you said CG had a specific repair write up. I get it now. Thanks.


yep yep...that's the one...CG did an awesome job with documentation and pics on wheel removal (but not switch repair- that should be a "post-it" on the wheel removal)

I would not even fiddle with trying to pry it out. It is really quite easy to just remove the wheel and pop the switches out for replacement or repairs...

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post Nov 19 2007, 05:23 PM
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Alright, as promised, Changing the steering wheel bulbs without takin off the whole frickin thing.
this is what you got to start obviously.

next slide a small flathead screwdriver into the bottom corner of the button...

Or the top of the button, or the side, it doesn't matter....

Most peope have trouble right here,just b/c they are being so careful and don't want to break anything. I'm tellin you... that part of the steering wheel is rubber. You can jam that screwdriver and bend the rubber all you want, its going to go back into place...trust me! essentially you are wanting to get the end of it to the back of the button housing and it'll slide on out...

the tough part is gettin the harness out, don't yank on it b/c the wires i'm sure will break...but itll pull out just enough to slide your finger around and hit the little release switch.

see this is how much wire you have to work with.. (still alot easier than takin off the steering wheel)


next take the button housing apart, its got 4 little clips you pop open and it'll come apart...


BUT WATCH OUT!!! see these little red pegs... if you tilt this thing back they'll come out, its not a big deal other than the fact that they are a BI@#$ to get back in those pegs, i suggest if they do come out, to let your son, or daughter put them back in, plus they'll love "workin on the truck with dad.." if you don't have a kid... go borrow the neighbors haha.

the green part will slide off... those little blue things are the bulbs..well under the blue coating... if you turn the board over, you'll see two white blocks on either side...this is where the bulbs are connected. a wire on each side of each bulb is suppose to be folded over the top to secure it... give them a slight wiggle, b/c my solder was lose at the under the bulb fixture. i soldered it back and it was great. you can also turn the bulbs from the top counter clockwise and they will unscrew... but you have to have a pair of tweezers, and not break the solder (be sure to keep a finger on the white block on the back with some pressure against it so you don't break that solder), and i have no idea where you'd find a new LED, i'm someone on here knows though...


another small fry job is putting the thing back in! since the wire is so short, you have to pull it as far as you can, slide your finger under there and wait for the click...just keep workin with it... its not a tough job or anything, just easier if you had tiny hands...

then just push it back in and your done... voila !!

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Nice pics and write up!!!! Thanks!


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post Nov 19 2007, 09:08 PM
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Nice work Sippi!


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post Nov 19 2007, 09:20 PM
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We'll have to save this one! Good job!


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