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Old 12-27-2002, 02:01 AM   #1
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'92 SSE w/49,000 original miles.
Had the car for almost a week, now.
Couple/three things I need to know about:

1. The AM/FM selector button on the steering wheel, upper left, was taped on!
I can still push the 'stub' to change to AM/FM, and the little tiny nipple of a light bulb will come on if I wiggle it.
Can I get the button/cover replaced?

2. I found condensation on the back shelf where the 3rd brake light is, and in the taillight lenses.
I also found about an inch of water in the spare tire well.
There is a section of the rear window reveal moulding on the lower left of the rear windshield that is missing, but, I tried to trace the rainwater dripping down into the trunk with the lid open and that doesn't seem to be the actual leak.
WHERE is this water coming from?

3. I had the engine backfire under the hood a couple of times when starting it. Most of the time it starts no problem.
WHAT is causing that?

I'm pleased with the vehicle, really. I just need to know what I might have to look for in the way of particular problems with the year/model.
Let me know of anything or solutions to the problems above.
Thanks.
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The steering wheel controls come as a complete set when you buy them. They are fairly easy to replace. You may have a hard time finding the single button at a junkyard.
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I've got the button...and the tape!

Looks like part of the button is broken off on the backside. Part of one the press-in sections , there'* 3 of 'em, is still stuck in the hole. This is the one that switches the frequencies from AM-FM-FM. The other two holes are clear.

So, I get to purchase a whole set of buttons?? Great.

Time to get inventive with the tape, or glue, or silicone, or...
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The GM part number for the switches (replacing both sides) is 16141452 for 1992. This is a different part number than 93-95, which will make it harder to salvage. The price at www.gmpartsdirect.com is $137.07, 50% off list.

The water is more than likely leaking through your rear window seal. This has been a common problem, and there was a TSB on this. If you can't find it on the net, your dealer should help you locate the TSB.

The backfire? Could be a number of things. Try checking for codes first. There'* a procedure up in Techinfo for doing this on the cars up to 1993.
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Thanks. I'll check into this stuff; except the buttons...I'll use tape!
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