steering wheel lights

Discussion in 'Lighting Discussion' started by 1RAD, Oct 24, 2007.

  1. 1RAD

    1RAD New Member

    Okay, this is stupid but what kind of bulbs do they use for the steering wheel
    controls? I went to Auto Zone and they had no clue. Also how does one go about changing these things? I guess I should tell you it's on a 2004 Silverado.
    Thanks, Doyle
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2007
  2. TahoeFever

    TahoeFever New Member

    Your screwed dude ..it's a one piece in other words you got to replace the unit .
    it's called an Accessory Control gm online stores type autozone wont even touch the stuff

    good luck
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2007
  3. PepboysASETech

    PepboysASETech New Member

    Yep, its all integral. Mine get really hot will on long trips and im always afraid when that day comes that they burn out, lol.
  4. TahoeFever

    TahoeFever New Member

    hey guys i came across a pdf of instructions on actually how to replace the leds thats in the steering wheel those little bugger actually pop out as an unit on each side.

    i'l post it later when i can get the thing down to a uploadable size ..lol
  5. Hermit1234

    Hermit1234 New Member

    Any luck with the pdf file ? I have all but 3 out on my 04 Sierra and would like to avoid the price of replacing all .
  6. TahoeFever

    TahoeFever New Member

    no so i took it apart and posted it manually Hope this helps

    this is what you got to start obviously.
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    next slide a small flathead screwdriver into the bottom corner of the button...
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    Or the top of the button, or the side, it doesn't matter....
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    Most peope have trouble right here,just b/c they are being so careful and don't want to break anything. I'm tellin you... that part of the steering wheel is rubber. You can jam that screwdriver and bend the rubber all you want, its going to go back into place...trust me! essentially you are wanting to get the end of it to the back of the button housing and it'll slide on out...
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    the tough part is gettin the harness out, don't yank on it b/c the wires i'm sure will break...but itll pull out just enough to slide your finger around and hit the little release switch.
  7. TahoeFever

    TahoeFever New Member

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    see this is how much wire you have to work with.. (still alot easier than takin off the steering wheel)
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    next take the button housing apart, its got 4 little clips you pop open and it'll come apart...

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    BUT WATCH OUT!!! see these little red pegs... if you tilt this thing back they'll come out, its not a big deal other than the fact that they are a BI@#$ to get back in those pegs, i suggest if they do come out, to let your son, or daughter put them back in, plus they'll love "workin on the truck with dad.." if you don't have a kid... go borrow the neighbors haha.
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    the green part will slide off... those little blue things are the bulbs..well under the blue coating... if you turn the board over, you'll see two white blocks on either side...this is where the bulbs are connected. a wire on each side of each bulb is suppose to be folded over the top to secure it... give them a slight wiggle, b/c my solder was lose at the under the bulb fixture. i soldered it back and it was great. you can also turn the bulbs from the top counter clockwise and they will unscrew... but you have to have a pair of tweezers, and not break the solder (be sure to keep a finger on the white block on the back with some pressure against it so you don't break that solder), and i have no idea where you'd find a new LED, i'm someone on here knows though...
  8. TahoeFever

    TahoeFever New Member

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    the green part will slide off... those little blue things are the bulbs..well under the blue coating... if you turn the board over, you'll see two white blocks on either side...this is where the bulbs are connected. a wire on each side of each bulb is suppose to be folded over the top to secure it... give them a slight wiggle, b/c my solder was lose at the under the bulb fixture. i soldered it back and it was great. you can also turn the bulbs from the top counter clockwise and they will unscrew... but you have to have a pair of tweezers, and not break the solder (be sure to keep a finger on the white block on the back with some pressure against it so you don't break that solder), and i have no idea where you'd find a new LED, i'm someone on here knows though...
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    another small fry job is putting the thing back in! since the wire is so short, you have to pull it as far as you can, slide your finger under there and wait for the click...just keep workin with it... its not a tough job or anything, just easier if you had tiny hands...
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    then just push it back in and your done... voila !!
  9. Hermit1234

    Hermit1234 New Member

    Thanks , will give it a try if I can locate any small led bulbs.
  10. Duramax04

    Duramax04 New Member

    That is some good information there. Nice to know you don`t have to pull the steering wheel. I think if mine burn out i will take a roadtrip to Joysey.
  11. 92 Burban

    92 Burban New Member

    L.E.D bulbs

    Did you get the bulb out?
    If you can get me a pict of just the bulb I might be able to help.
    From what I can see it looks like a bulb they use in a semi truck.......
  12. goleee33

    goleee33 New Member

    I believe you are going to want to use smt LED's thats what i used when i changed the color of my cluster lights
  13. rws.1

    rws.1 New Member

    good info. will have to give this a try on my "07. did anyone find a source for new led bulbs?
  14. ElbowJoe

    ElbowJoe New Member

    Great write up and photos! My steering wheel and climate control lights just started go to - so I am sure they will each fail sequentially and would like to do this job once.

    What is the correct bulb part number and source for these bulbs?

    My 2003 Suburban steering wheel and buttons looks to be the same as in the photos/write up - so I assume they use the same bulbs.

    Also - for what it is worth - My dash lights are also starting to go. I ended up buying a ribbon of blue LEDs (CHEAP - like $8.00 for a 5 METER strip!) -which I plan to install when I get some time. (I got this idea from another post about cluster lights that really simplifies the process since there is no need to solder each and every bulb back in place.
    Any help on the steering wheel bulb number and source would be appreciated. :great:
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  15. zigger215

    zigger215 New Member

    Just pop the air bag off, you'll have more wire to work with, very easy.



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  16. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    Care to shed some light (pun intended) on the methodology for that? Maybe with pics? (Also consider that many don't know how to make sure the air bag capacitor is discharged before beginning -- and that a failure to ensure it's discharged could injure or even kill someone if the air bag were to deploy while s/he was trying to remove it.)
  17. Bigmacnchez

    Bigmacnchez New Member

    any luck on finding a led
  18. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator

    I guess that I will pull mine out and try to find a bulb for them. I do not want LED.

    - - - Updated - - -

    I changed 2 lights today and am currently working on others. I used 272-1092 bulbs from radio shack. 2 for $1.99. They are slightly brighter than the stock bulbs, but I am changing them all so it does not matter. you could also use 272-1154. they come with a new plastic piece and are $2.20 each. If you are not a patient person then I do not suggest trying this. The disassemble and soldering was fast. The upper controls are easy to get back in. The lower do not have any slack for the wires and I ended up pulling the air bag out. DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!! If you don't know anything about airbag systems let someone else do it. I did as my manual says. Removed the airbag fuse and waited 15 minutes, then I just pushed a pic into each hole on the backside of the steering wheel. It fell right out. I did not touch the wires or disconnect it. It gave a little more slack but not much. I used a piece of dental floss tied to the connector to guide it into the switch. If you do not remove the blue caps from the old bulbs and put them on the new bulbs the light looks very yellow. I ran out of bulbs so I have one switch left to do. Then onto tackling the climate control light that is out. In the pick the upper right bulbs still need replaced, the stock bulbs are still in it and they are dim compared to the new bulbs. Apparently, my hand was pretty shaky!! IMG_0805.jpg
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    Pikey Moderator

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