I've done the fix to the steering wheel switch lights and replaced the bulb for my gearshift indicator on the center console. Now, before I pull them out, I just want to confirm that there should be back lighting in the trunk open button and both seat heater buttons?
Ok, I've now fixed the lighting on for the shift console, steering wheel switches, trunk & gas release, and heated seat switches. I'm getting pretty good at soldering! All thats left is the trip switch, but I have cleaned my local Radioshack out of the little bulbs for now.
Yes, that is the correct number (they are 12V 50mA). They may be just slightly brighter, but as long as you transfer the rubber blue bulb covers, no one else would ever notice. I just realized that I need to replace the second bulb in each of my seat heat switches. One is for the switch logo and one is for the hi/lo words, then there are green LEDs (I think) that light up next to the Hi and Lo when in use (which still work). I had to scrape away a little excess solder on my trunk release bulb job, as my trunk suddenly popped open and began clicking away madly on its own because my solder overlapped onto another connection.
Replaced all 4(3 were bad) bulbs on my steering wheel controls. It's a requirement to have a soldering iron with a pencil type tip and a steady hand. Be careful not to get it too hot or you can damage the board traces and be sparing with the solder. Big blobs can overrun to other traces.
My camera went on the fritz after I took a picture of the bulbs I bought, so I borrowed and modified some pics from a couple of the other threads about the steering wheel bulbs.
Previous posts suggested using Radioshack #272-1154 bulbs, but I found some others that are a direct replacement for the original bulbs that allows you to use the original bulb holder and keep the placement of the bulb the same.
The bulbs I used were Radioshack #272-1092. 1 of the old bulbs I replaced is at the top. $1.79 for a 2 pack.
First, getting the switches out of the wheel was fairly easy. 2 small blade screwdrvers and they're out in about 30 seconds. 1 in the airbag side and 1 under the wheel to pry up while prying sideways. Once started, just wiggle it out and unhook the connector. Push in a little tab on the connector to release.
The next pic shows the 1154 versus original. Again the 1092 allowed me to keep it original. Don't forget the little blue rubber boots on the new bulbs. Sorry no after pics. Only difficult part was keeping the new bulb and holder straight while I soldered it.
Getting the switch assembly back in was just a matter of wiggling it down and using a small flat blade screwdriver to ease the lip on the side of the switch down passed the airbag edge. Over all took less than an hour to replace all 4 bulbs.
The steering wheel lights are next on my hit list... Im down to just 1 working un and thats the temp toggle. I'm just debating over to solder them, or just buy a new switch at GMdirectparts.com website ive seen people mention here or to do the bulb replacing. The Audio VOC's are kinda worn. Has anyone else purchased the Switches from GM Direct parts website? Are they satisfied with em. I also donno if my steering wheel is a Light or Medium Neutral... Attached a photo of the wheel. The wheels a lil darker than shown in photo ( used flash).
Any suggestion welcomed. I dont wanna spent a ton to fix em; but for apperance bettering and making it look a lil more mint... i wondering if just better to buy a new switch.
Still making payments on a: 2001 Bronze Olds Aurora 4.0 L V8
ty, i just pulled it up, it was very dirty. it looks as if someone has pulled it before because one side was loose.
the bulb is a single bulb, different then the bulbs used on the steering wheel buttons.
its not soldered in either, it just pops out. once i go to radio shack and get a new one ill make sure i take a picture of it vs the old one and write the number down so everyone else can get it if they need one.
does anyone have the bulb number handy for the center console?
Last Edit: Sept 10, 2011 12:55:00 GMT -6 by intheb0x
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Post by liquidretro on Sept 20, 2011 22:25:34 GMT -6
I just got done doing this on my 01. 3/4 of my bulbs were burned out. I used radioshack part number 272-1092 which was a direct replacement. My advice would be to bend the leeds under the white bulb holder. Use a piece of tape to hold it to the board and then just tack each leed to the solder pad. Make sure your solder points dont over flow the pads to prevent bridging. Also to make the little bulb condoms go on easier get bulb wet and it slides right on. (Yes I know that sounds bad)
I wanted to add that I did this with a little Craftsman 15W solder iron. You dont need the fancy adjustable ones just a little bit of skill.
Last Edit: Sept 23, 2011 14:14:27 GMT -6 by liquidretro
Post by canrocket01 on Sept 26, 2011 9:00:02 GMT -6
this has been great info folks. I replaced the steering wheel light, the light in the drivers door lock, the fuel door button light and the both trip buttons..the heated seat lights are next..up here in Canada, radio shack is no longer but the source part # for the bulb is 2721092 for the 12v 60ma bulb
Well what the radio gets is 12v+, that does not mean that is what the circuit gets internally that the bulbs on. Got a DMM? Test it out. My guess is they are 12v and are not regulated down to say 9 or 5v.
Anyways, what bulbs did you purchase and what were their specs?
Post by auroraandy1 on Oct 26, 2013 20:03:20 GMT -6
Does this mean that a 98-03 Seville/Eldorado Steering Wheel is compatible to be swapped? And I know it'd have to be non telescopic and tilt only (therfore an SLS base or base eldorado); but that brings up another question, how hard would it be to swap a Seville STS (any) or SLS (with power telescopic wheel) steering wheels w/ functional power telescopic tilt, and if it worked could you make it work with our memory?
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