My clock/radio light is out and I cant seem to get the cover off to get to the light, there are four small holes on the face plate (two on each side) but cant figure out what needs to be done with them.
I don't want to force anything and snap the plastic
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Re: clock radio light
You can make the tool that is needed to remove the radio take a metal coat hanger cut the hanger and make it in the shape of a "U" so it will go in the top hole and the bottom at the same time you will have to make two one for each side push them in and it will release the lock pins that lock the radio in place
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the radio removal process does require a tool.If you look at the face of the radio,you will see a small hole in each corner,if you will take two large paper clips,bend them to where they are in a U shape,insert one clip on the left side of the face plate and the other on the right side of the face plate,and push into the holes at the same time.This will release the radio.
I don't know the full solution; however, I do know there is a very small removable light behind the display. You must remove the face plate to access the light, the twist it out with a common/flat screwdriver. Be careful not to brake any retaining clips along the way. And you need to take the dash cover off to get at the radio, a bit of a nuisance.
Unfortunately, GM (of course) does not sell a replacement part. You might try an auto-wrecker, to find a similar inoperable radio but hopefully with a working light. Good luck.
I checked with a friend and he told me I needed a special tool to poke in the four holes in the sides of the face plate. I didn't have the tool but used four mini phillips screw drivers and out it came. The springs need to be released to get it out.
now my problem is how to install the new radio which does not have knob shafts. All the insructions in the instalation kit are for radios with knobs, Oh Well!!
The face plate buttons actually activate small buttons on a printed circuit board behind the face plate. When I removed the radio and then the face plate many small pieces of plastic fell from behind the face plate. These small plastic pieces align the face plate button to the printed circuit board buttons. My Beeetle is almost 10 1/2 years old so I imagine the plastic is just becoming brittle with age. I could not set the radio to FM, so I removed the face plate button and now slide a toothpick in the slot to toggle between FM1 & FM2. Not he best solution, but probably the most inexpensive one. I also made my on tool to remove the radio from a diagram found at: http://www.alientech.net/nbinfo/stereo.html