I'm getting used to my '99 Aurora (still new to me), and I noticed that the active gear is not illuminated at night. The panel that shows all the gears is backlit, but there is no separate light for the actual gear I shift into. Should there be? If so, anyone know how (or if it's worth it) to replace that bulb?
You need to remove the centre console assembly (just the tops) and remove the gear shifter. Be careful, the power trans wiring harness is in there. Once the shifter is off you can lift the whole cover panels off. Once under there you will notice a black housing with a bulb that slides along the shifter rails, that bulb needs to be replaced.
You should feel a small tear in the front of the shifter with a plastic clip, a small flathead screwdriver inserted in that slot should release the shifter...its a bit awkward, but it comes out.
I didn't know the car had any indicator llights. I thought it was wierd, but I am known by many not to be the brilliant on in my family.
;D Haha, sounds like this must be a popular part to go on our Auroras! I also discovered the bulb is apparently burnt out inside my center console storage area, so perhaps I will pick up a couple bulbs and replace them both at the same time. Anyone know what bulbs are needed off-hand?
Did olds just put el cheapo bulbs in there or what? Good candidate for an LED if you ask me!
I did that, put in a size 194 LED, it burn out in a month or so, so I put back the stock green 194 bulb.
That shifter light bulb number 73, is a pian, my wire harnes snapped at the bottom were the wire comes out from the bulb holder, I can't even replaced that, don't know were to get a plastic base for a size 73 bulbs. That's sucks. So I just gave up on the lighted shifter.
It is also possible that the wiring to the light is broken as GM didn't make the wiring long enough. My light wasn't working either. So I explored and found the wiring broke. I just got some speaker wire (copper wire inside) and soldered it together and now it works perfect. I wish I had A digital camera, as I do the work on my Aurora, and could share with everyone the steps in a visual format.