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Old 03-12-2006, 05:19 PM   #1
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basic rundown of what you are gonna see

so your radio is missing bulbs....
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after pulling off the dash, no screws,
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you will see that the radio just pulls right out with 4 clups
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start taking apart the radio by prying all the tabs round the face
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they are removed with a needle nose pliers inside the unit
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get the face off and it looks like this, remove the 5 small *** screws and it all comes apart
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here is the back of the face buttons
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and here is what your working on
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i ordered these 3 bulbs from corvetteradios.com
99 to 04 Pontiac,Aztek,GranAm,Sunfire,Ponvan,Montana 3ea Delco Replacement Light Bulbs $20+ $2 *&H


and they sent me these :*
GM 95-02 10 Delco Display bulbs $20 $2 *&H


here was the difference i was looking at... and i said hell with it and put them in


solder then to the board
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and put it back together
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and back in the car
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2 problems!

something happened when i had it apart.. notice the display screen.. there isnt full light across is anymore, also i lost my volume and tune rotary buttons light... thinking this has something to do with the wires on the faceplate being incorrect...

also, i only replaced the 3 white bulbs, not any of the orange LED'* that light the numbers... radio shack did not have them, and i am going to order online... so you see in the last pic that the bottom row works fine, but some of the numbers are not lit.

i also replaced the red theftlock LED with a blue one

when i get the orange LED'* in... i will take it apart again and see why the display is not right
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I knew something had to end up blue when i saw this post
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Great instructions Haro , you can ignore my Pm. I have the one bulb , is that all I need.I am only missing right side of display.( my bulb dont have long tentacles) I hopr its right.
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You are right in saying that there are no screws in the dash. There are, however, two push pins that should be removed... they are above the instrument cluster.
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You are right in saying that there are no screws in the dash. There are, however, two push pins that should be removed... they are above the instrument cluster.
wondering what those holes were for... i dindt have anything there.. thanks for the heads up
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My display screen no longer lights up fully either, it has the same dim spot in the middle as yours is showing. The dealer I got my car from said that they replaced the screen before I bought the car, and it only worked for about 3 months. I don't know how you would fix someting like that and it does'nt bother me enough to pay someone to fix it for me.
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Well the bulb is $16 from corvette radios.com and here are the instructions a DIY, havent put the bulb in yet but HARO just made it so much easier ,plus there are other threads in ELECTRICAL section.Give it a shot if your up to it.
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A display like that may suffer from cold solder joints being heated and cooled so much. The slight flexing of the pcb (board the lights are on) could have made the jont suffer worse and it merely needs to have the connections touched with a solder iron to reflow the solder.
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Good write up and nice pics.
I will be doing my own in the near future, I got the 3 bulb package.
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might i note... when i first plugged it back in... both the left and middle display lights didnt work... i said ****... and then i pushed on the screen and the left one lit up... but the middle never did.. im convinced something didnt get plugged in right
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