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Old 07-15-2006, 03:48 PM   #1
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the rubber pins that i ans supposta remove are nothing but mush, they seam almost like peanut butter and they will not come out, i want to use the toothpick method but because i cant get even one pin out i dont know how long to make it, can anyone help me out?
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been there dont that, pins are butter, and i cant get them out that artical does not address that
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i did it on the 94 SSE and it was easy, after u detach them from the airbag, the buttons should just gently pry off from the main control then u just place the toothpick pieces in place and reassemble, it took maybe an hour to do it from start to finish
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i did it on the 94 SSE and it was easy, after u detach them from the airbag, the buttons should just gently pry off from the main control then u just place the toothpick pieces in place and reassemble, it took maybe an hour to do it from start to finish
i have been trying for some time now, but i cant quit get the toothpick the right length to give a nice "click"
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i did it on the 94 SSE and it was easy, after u detach them from the airbag, the buttons should just gently pry off from the main control then u just place the toothpick pieces in place and reassemble, it took maybe an hour to do it from start to finish
i have been trying for some time now, but i cant quit get the toothpick the right length to give a nice "click"
patience, grasshopper, you will get it eventually just don't give up. Jeff is one of the most impatient people I know and if he did it you can too.
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i did it on the 94 SSE and it was easy, after u detach them from the airbag, the buttons should just gently pry off from the main control then u just place the toothpick pieces in place and reassemble, it took maybe an hour to do it from start to finish
i have been trying for some time now, but i cant quit get the toothpick the right length to give a nice "click"
patience, grasshopper, you will get it eventually just don't give up. Jeff is one of the most impatient people I know and if he did it you can too.
well i Gave up.... on the toothpicks and i used Q-tip stems and i cleaned up the buttons better because the old rubber now peanut butter buttons where guming up everything.

now ill i need to do is rip apart the stearing wheel take out the old buttons and put in the new ones, then its time to hook up the PAC-SWI (or what ever its called )
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I wonder if q tip is too thick in diameter.

Haro had the length.. I know why there'* a problem... The measurement was in inches.. Pete'* in Canada.. they use the metric system. Unlike our goofy country..they probably don't have both on a tape measure.
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I wonder if q tip is too thick in diameter.

Haro had the length.. I know why there'* a problem... The measurement was in inches.. Pete'* in Canada.. they use the metric system. Unlike our goofy country..they probably don't have both on a tape measure.
Q0tip is not to thick, infact i think its a little better, i was able to get the length buy trial and error but now that i got it fixed and in the car i have to do the old one and install it because the one i got has one light brocken out on the power button, and that button is missing its spring and the clip that holds it on is cracked which all leads me to think that someone had if off the wrong way once trying to fix it


BTW my tape has both units of meassure on it
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Glad to hear that you found a solution. As far as I know, I was the 1st to come up with the idea of using toothpicks to replace the pins that had turned to goo. I though about using pieces of q-tips instead, but the paper ones I had were too wide, and the plastic ones were too thin.
By the way, if anyone'* interested, I recently had to replace some defective radio control switches on my '92 SSE */c, and to my surprise, the pins were solid plastic rather than the rubber pins that turned to goo on my '93 SSEi. I wasn't previously aware that GM had made rubber versions and plastic versions - my vote is for the plastic versions because they'll never turn to goo due to heat or age.
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