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How do I remove the rocker switches on a 2001 Seville STS steering wheel to replace a bulb?

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  • hrp9 Apr 30, 2010

    Hmm, disappointing. Another forum says that the bulbs are replaceable if you have soldering talent, which I do. Can the bulb be un-soldered and another soldered back in its place? Remarks from that forum actually give a Radio Shack part number for the bulb.

  • hrp9 Apr 30, 2010

    I tried to get the switch off the steering wheel but was only able to get the rocker part itself off and luckily did not break it. Looks like all three switches on the right side (volume control is my interest)are one assembly. How do I remove the switch(s)? I really appreciate your responses. Thank you.

  • hrp9 Apr 30, 2010

    Ouch! Not going to mess with that. I just purchased a repair shop manual for the 2001 STS on eBay for $15. Hopefully it will be useful. Certainly for other items of interest, but I sure would like to solve this one. Thank you.

  • hrp9 May 01, 2010

    How do I remove any of the rocker switches in the steering wheel of my 2001 STS?

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  • hrp9 May 11, 2010

    OK guys, I did it. Upon reading the repair manual for the 2001 STS I find that the air bag must be removed , not something I'm about to do. So, I decided to attack it from the front.

    I carefully pried off the rocker with a small screwdriver. It's not intended to be removed this way but the plastic is soft enough that it can be done.



    Once you have the rocker off you will see a small blue covered bulb soldered to a tiny circuit board.



    With a small needle nose pliers crush the bulb and the white base to it. Hey, the bulb doesn't work anyway, what do yo have to lose.



    Clean out all the debris and straighten the wires that went to the bulb from the circuit board.



    With a small soldering iron "tin" the wires from the circuit board. You are putting a coating of solder on the wires so that the actual soldering procedure is effective.



    I purchased a miniature 12 volt bulb with wire leads from Radio Shack (272-1141) for under $2.00. I chose this one because of the lower wattage and longer wires on it even though it was a bit bigger than another type. The bulb wires are already "tinned" and I made a tiny hook at the end to wrap around the wires from the circuit board.



    I soldered the wires and did a test.



    Separate the two bare wires that you soldered to with a small piece of tape and carefully fold the bulb wires into the switch and place the bulb. You may have to trim the plastic strain relief at the base of the bulb so that you can fold the wires enough to have the bulb fit. Press the rocker back into position and test again.

    As you'll see, it works just fine but the color is not correct. That's what the blue sleeve did that was on the original bulb. I don't like the yellow color and will look for a piece of blue plastic to correct it. For now, it works.




  • hrp9 May 12, 2010

    HRP9 has a solution with pictures.

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    May 11, 2010
    - OK guys, I did it. Upon reading the repair manual for the 2001 STS I find that the air bag must be removed , not something I'm about to do. So, I decided to attack it from the front.

    I carefully pried off the rocker with a small screwdriver. It's not intended to be removed this way but the plastic is soft enough that it can be done.



    Once you have the rocker off you will see a small blue covered bulb soldered to a tiny circuit board.



    With a small needle nose pliers crush the bulb and the white base to it. Hey, the bulb doesn't work anyway, what do yo have to lose.



    Clean out all the debris and straighten the wires that went to the bulb from the circuit board.



    With a small soldering iron "tin" the wires from the circuit board. You are putting a coating of solder on the wires so that the actual soldering procedure is effective.



    I purchased a miniature 12 volt bulb with wire leads from Radio Shack (272-1141) for under $2.00. I chose this one because of the lower wattage and longer wires on it even though it was a bit bigger than another type. The bulb wires are already "tinned" and I made a tiny hook at the end to wrap around the wires from the circuit board.



    I soldered the wires and did a test.



    Separate the two bare wires that you soldered to with a small piece of tape and carefully fold the bulb wires into the switch and place the bulb. You may have to trim the plastic strain relief at the base of the bulb so that you can fold the wires enough to have the bulb fit. Press the rocker back into position and test again.

    As you'll see, it works just fine but the color is not correct. That's what the blue sleeve did that was on the original bulb. I don't like the yellow color and will look for a piece of blue plastic to correct it. For now, it works.

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The bulbs are not replaceable, u must replace the switch, they just pry out, it is friction press fit

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    yadayada Apr 30, 2010

    THEY ARE TINY BULBS, BUT GM DOESN'T SERVICE THEM SEPARATELY FROM THE SWITCH, SORRY, I AM A DEALER TECH AND THAT IS HOW WE FIX THEM, TAKING THE THING APART TO USE AFTERMARKET BULBS COST ,MORRE THAN THE PART IN MOST CASES, U CAN MOST LIKELY GET THE BULBS FROM RADIO SHACK IF U KNOW THE WATTAGE

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    yadayada Apr 30, 2010

    i MAY HAVE BEEN WRONG, U MAY HAVE TO REMOVE THE AIRBAG MODULE

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    yadayada Apr 30, 2010

    JUST DISCONNECT THE BATTERY FOR 30 MINUTES BEFORE YOU START TO REMOVE THE BAG, THAT DISARMS THE BAG

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    I knew this was how to replace the non replacable bulbs, but in a dealer the cost is more than the new switches

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On this episode of how to butcher a simple repair.....

In case anyone else finds this old ridiculous "tutorial" -

Starting at the top and using a pick, gently pry the button assembly (from the horn pad side) away from the steering wheel. Work your way down pullimg away slightly, and itll eventually come off. There are 2 connectors on the backs of the assemblies. The top one is on a short length of wire, be careful not to pull it.

Once off, the clips holding the circuit board carriers are easily disengaged, and the carriers removed. Remove the rubber membranes and take the boards off of the plastic carriers.

The bulbs can then be desoldered and removed from their small plastic bases (take note of how the leads are wrapped and bent in on the undersides). Using your fingers, gently pull off the small blue "condoms" to reuse on the new bulbs (without them the buttons will illuminate a brownish yellow color instead of faint green).

Slip the condoms over the new bulbs (make sure they are all the way down) and insert them into the bases. Wrap the leads around the base, cut to length, and press the ends of the leads into the recesses on the bottoms of the bases. They can now be resoldered to the board. Try to center and align them to the best of your abilities.

Reinstall the switch assemblies being careful not to scratch the leather. Don't forget to plug in the new connectors first.

Sounds like more work, but it's much simpler than it sounds. No scratched or gouged plastic, no chance of breaking the buttons, and the lights will be the correct color and brightness.

The bulb type is 7219, you can buy them from ebay, or better quality on sites like mouser.

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