Dismiss Notice

Welcome To CK5!

Registering is free and easy! Hope to see you on the forums soon.

Score a FREE t-shirt and membership sticker when you sign up for a Premium Membership and choose the recurring plan.

Are Blazers supposed to have ashtray lighting?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by AuH2O, Feb 6, 2007.

  1. AuH2O

    AuH2O 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2006
    Posts:
    185
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    FL
    Check out these two pictures of the ashtray area of my '88 K5 (Silverado package, if it matters in this case). I've got a wire going down through a little plastic holder in a hole in the metal above the ashtray, but on the underside, it's just cut clean off, no bulb socket or nothing. But I figure it can't be meant for much else than to light up the ashtray, right? Either through some sort of connector when opening the tray, or just along with the other courtesy lights? Does anybody know which parts I'm missing? I took this up as a side note when picking up some other parts at a GM dealer, but he couldn't even find a mention of ashtray lighting in his records.

    Pictures:

    From above: http://img507.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p2010083gl0.jpg

    From below: http://img508.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p2010085bs8.jpg
     
  2. sandawgk5

    sandawgk5 3/4 ton status

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2003
    Posts:
    6,881
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Kitsap County PACNORWEST
    It is like a fiber optic line. It is a sheathed plastic wire if you will and it gets its light from one of the other dash lights and the light travels down the plastic and shines out the end.

    Ira
     
  3. Leper

    Leper 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2005
    Posts:
    4,437
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Dallas Baby!!!!
    He is correct.
    If you pull the cluster out you will see the other end.
     
  4. readymix

    readymix 3/4 ton status

    Joined:
    May 30, 2004
    Posts:
    6,706
    Likes Received:
    26
    Location:
    Murrieta, California
    I always thought that was a tether to hold the cluster from falling on the floor when you are removing it...
     
  5. AuH2O

    AuH2O 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2006
    Posts:
    185
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    FL
    Dang, I never figured that. Never noticed much light at all, but that might of course have something to do with some of my other cluster lights being dead or bad, and the whole thing being poorly lit to begin with. I'm going to pull the whole cluster anyway to change all the bulbs (and paint the backside chrome, like some here have done!), so I'll check that that wire is hooked up right at the same time - and hopefully I'll notice some light in my ashtray too after that. :p:
     
  6. sandawgk5

    sandawgk5 3/4 ton status

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2003
    Posts:
    6,881
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Kitsap County PACNORWEST
    Its really not that bright to begin with.

    Ira
     
  7. AuH2O

    AuH2O 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2006
    Posts:
    185
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    FL
    Hence my use of some. ;)
     
  8. goldwing2000

    goldwing2000 Guest

    Kind of like some of the people on this board. :D
     

Share This Page