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'97 burb dash lights

Discussion in '1992-Present Chevy & GMC models' started by heavy4x4, Oct 21, 2002.

  1. heavy4x4

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    \'97 burb dash lights

    Hey everybody, I drive a '90 sub, so you'll probably see me on the second generation boards. But, my dad's got a '97 chevy suburban. Got a question for you. Over by the radio where the station preset buttons are, the light that lights up the numbers 3 and 6 is out. It's not that it's a big deal, but how do you get at the bulb to replace it. Do I have to take the whole stinking dash apart, or do the buttons/some sort of cover pop off? Thanks for the help.
     
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    Re: \'97 burb dash lights

    I haven't had one apart, but I'd bet that the light is internal to the radio. I would be very surprised if GM made any provision to easily change the lamps. /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif
     
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    Re: \'97 burb dash lights

    I have numbers 2 and 4 out. They went out last week. I'd like to know the answer to this question too before I pull the stereo out.
     
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    Re: \'97 burb dash lights

    I looked in the factory service manual for a '94 Sub and it just shows that section of the radio as a module that can be swapped out. It doesn't make any mention of the lamps. /forums/images/graemlins/mad.gif
     
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    Re: \'97 burb dash lights

    Ah, yes. Another "thank-you GM engineers" topic.
    I'd rather not go prying apart the truck's dash, or popping buttons off that won't go back on. Anybody else out there know how to change them? Anybody?
    (I didn't look that hard, but I didn't even see any freaking screws holding the dash panel on.)
     
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    Re: \'97 burb dash lights

    I believe the whole dash panel comes off. If you pull it, it should loosen up. It should go from the drivers side to the other side of the radio and vent. I think underneath that are screws for the switches and radio.
     
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    Re: \'97 burb dash lights

    My 1 and 4 are out. SOunds like a common problem.
    Andy
     
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    Re: \'97 burb dash lights

    Well then, I think we need a definite answer. So...who's done it?
     
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    Re: \'97 burb dash lights

    You have to replace the whole radio head. Cassete versions are cheap, but cd's are way pricey. To get it out you pull the outer bezel that goes around the whole dirvers side half of the dash off then the radio will have a tab on each side you push down and it slides out. You can try and take the head apart and replace the bulbs but I bet that they are soldered right to the main faceplate board... Worth a shot though I guess...
     

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