Radio button lights

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Ken n Jill, Feb 8, 2004.

  1. Ken n Jill

    Ken n Jill Guest

    I have a 96 SL2 that the buttons for the radio don't light up any more (It
    is the radio with the EQ) some of them went out then all of them. Are there
    replaceable bulbs in there? I'm talking about the buttons for the presets.
    Thanks for reading this and if you can help.
    Ken n Jill, Feb 8, 2004
  2. Ken n Jill

    Jay Bollyn Guest

    Very glad to see your post. My 98 SL2 with 95K has this problem. Sounds like
    I have the same sound system as you. For me, only the right-half of the
    lights have gone dark (labeled 2, 3, 5, 6 etc.). I'm sure it would cost a
    lot more to repair than I am willing to spend.

    Perhaps someone has a more definitive explanation of this problem.

    -- Jay
    Jay Bollyn, Feb 8, 2004
  3. I have the same problem with my 96 SL2 factory radio and equlizer, tried
    to take the radio apart only to find the bulbs are on a circuit board
    NOT REPAIRABLE. The dealer told me they send them out to get a new board
    put in them.
    mackshightech, Feb 9, 2004
  4. Ken n Jill

    Wurm Guest

    Well, if youre handy with a soldering iron you could have some fun replacing
    the dead (guessing led's) bulbs with new ones of random colors :)
    Wurm, Feb 9, 2004
  5. Ken n Jill

    BANDIT2941 Guest

    Well, if youre handy with a soldering iron you could have some fun replacing
    I wonder if its more then just each single bulb blowing. They said a few at a
    time went first, that sounds like its a connection somewhere else on the board
    rather then just single bulbs......
    BANDIT2941, Feb 9, 2004
  6. Ken n Jill

    Kirk Kohnen Guest

    1) Nope. They're soldered in. I found out because one of the bulbs on my
    display went out, so I opened that puppy up.
    2) They're NOT LEDs, they're gold old-fashioned incandescent bulbs. They are
    running relatively yellow, so they should last a REALLY long time. Unless...
    3) If the alternator on your car is going out, typically it dies because one
    of the diodes shorts. This will cause a temporary voltage surge in the
    electrical system of the car that can easily take out every incandescent
    bulb in the car. Your car is most vulnerable when the electrical system is
    lightly loaded (no headlights, brake lights or blowers on). Then the tiny
    low power bulbs can get really nicely blown.

    I "fixed" the problem by buttoning up the old radio and taking it down to my
    local Saturn dealer for what they called a rebuilt radio. They take the old
    one, sell you a repaired one, and fix what's left of yours.

    Good Luck!
    Kirk Kohnen, Feb 10, 2004
  7. Ken n Jill

    Don Guest

    And the bulb is apparently a somewhat unusual size, not a standard
    T-13/4. It needs to be at least 14 volt (12-volt bulbs are likely to
    burnout quickly due to higher auto ignition system voltage), long life
    rated, small enough to fit in the limited available space, bright
    enough to light the LCD, and with an illumination pattern that will
    work in the LCD's reflector.
    Don, Feb 18, 2004
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