03 LeSabre lights in steering wheel

03 LeSabre lights in steering wheel

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Deb

Paris, TN

#1 Dec 22, 2006
Anyone know how to fix lights that have gone out in a steering wheel? All are working except two. They are both on the right side of the wheel, but one is upper and the other is lower. Both went out on the same day, but not at the same time. Also my heat seat on the driver side isn't heating. What should I look at to check that?
Cheryl

Denver, CO

#2 Jan 24, 2007
One of the lights went out on my '04 LeSabre steering wheel too. Fortunately, it was still under warranty and was fixed at no charge by the dealer.
Neal

Rhodesdale, MD

#3 Mar 4, 2007
Deb wrote:
Anyone know how to fix lights that have gone out in a steering wheel? All are working except two. They are both on the right side of the wheel, but one is upper and the other is lower. Both went out on the same day, but not at the same time. Also my heat seat on the driver side isn't heating. What should I look at to check that?
Did you ever find any information on this problem? I have the same problem.
joseph

Montgomery, AL

#4 Mar 21, 2007
I have the same problem, what was your fix, I think I am going to try and replace the lights myself
David

United States

#5 May 2, 2007
I have a 2001 LeSabre with backlights burned out on the steering wheel, climate control unit, and radio. I would love to know the answer. I can't find help anywhere.
Bonnie

Windsor, Canada

#6 Jun 7, 2007
David wrote:
I have a 2001 LeSabre with backlights burned out on the steering wheel, climate control unit, and radio. I would love to know the answer. I can't find help anywhere.
Same here. Replaced the headlight dimmer switch for $125 and only got half of the backlights working again. Backlights still don't work for memory 1, passenger heated seat and all climate control buttons.
Bill

Fairfield, IA

#7 Jun 26, 2007
Regarding the temp/volume switches on the steering wheel, the service manual states that you must take the steering wheel apart to change the switches but you don't have to. You can gently pry that switch out of the steering wheel with a small flat-bladed tool. Disconnect the electrical connectors, connect the wires to a new switch and snap it back in to the steering wheel. The new switch cost about $35.

Regarding the memory-seat switches on the door, slip a small flat-bladed tool under the front edge of the plastic switch assembly and gently pry it out. It will snap out. Connect a new switch and snap it back in.
mekanic

Toronto, Canada

#8 Jul 4, 2007
I have the same problem on my 2001 Buick LeSabre, in addition my speedometer left side light went out a few days ago and I would like to know how to change it also. Have you had a reply to your question yet?
Deb wrote:
Anyone know how to fix lights that have gone out in a steering wheel? All are working except two. They are both on the right side of the wheel, but one is upper and the other is lower. Both went out on the same day, but not at the same time. Also my heat seat on the driver side isn't heating. What should I look at to check that?
mekanic

Toronto, Canada

#9 Jul 4, 2007
I have a 2001 Buick LeSabre. The left side of my speedometer lights are burnt out and I would like to know how to replace them. In addition, the cruise control switch light on the steering wheel is also burnt out. How do you remove the switch in order to change the bulb? thanks
Gary

United States

#10 Jul 15, 2007
I also have a 2001 Buick LeSabre. Three of the lights in the steering wheel have gone out. I assume I need a new bulb of some kind and not a new switch. However the cruise control button does not work, so that particular button mat need a new switch. Does anyone know antthing about the bulbs, how to replace them and where to buy them?
louie

AOL

#11 Aug 19, 2007
2004 lasabre, lights under controls on steering wheel, also when adjusting air flow from left vent, i hear a beep, and the radio and a/c turn off. i reset switchs and they resume operation. this all started one month after warranty ran out. I think G.M. should have a recall, with all the complaint i've seen.
BillKerler

Stockton, CA

#12 Dec 4, 2007
mekanic wrote:
I have the same problem on my 2001 Buick LeSabre, in addition my speedometer left side light went out a few days ago and I would like to know how to change it also. Have you had a reply to your question yet?
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Mekanic - Were you able to pry out the switches on the steering wheel of your LeSabre? Can you describe exactly how you "pried" them out? Thanks
Bill Kerler @nkerler@hotmail.com
Al Tewks

Montgomery, AL

#13 Feb 7, 2008
Anyone experienced or have a successful procedure for getting the radio control switches out of the steering wheel of a 2000 Buick LeSabre. I have both light out on the right side.
Tax

Milwaukee, WI

#14 Apr 14, 2008
Mark

Elizabeth City, NC

#15 Apr 27, 2008
2001 LeSabre - So how do you get to the Climate Control bulbs? I'm guessing the 'plastic' wood grain pieces have to come off, but how do you remove this section?
Lou

Chicago, IL

#16 Nov 7, 2008
The bulbs are very inexpensive. They can be purchased at Radio Shack. Two bulbs cost about $2 per set. They are 12 volt, 60 milliamp and they come with long leads. To replace the bulbs in the steering wheel you must first carefully pry out the switch and the unplug it. Then you must carefully unsnap the switch housing. Take extra caution to not break any of the plastic snap fittings and do not lose any parts. The circuit boards contain the mini-lamps and they are soldered onto the board. Snap of the old bulbs , reatin the housing and the blue rubber light covers. Place the new bulb into the old holder, slip on the blue lens cover, snip the leads to about 1/4 inch, and then solder them onto the boards in the old place. Once soldered, carefully bend the bulb over to lay flat. Take the time to replace all of the bulbs. Re-assemble the switch and replace it in the steering wheel.
For the heat control dash lights the entire assembly must be removed. Replace the bulbs inthe same manner as above. The door lights do not need to be soldered, they have a holder that "unscrews" from the circuit board. Just remove the old bulb from the holder, insert the new bulb and twist the leads into place and snip off the excess leads. Then "screw" the holder back into the circuit board.
zeagen

Schaumburg, IL

#17 Nov 25, 2008
Lou wrote:
The bulbs are very inexpensive. They can be purchased at Radio Shack. Two bulbs cost about $2 per set. They are 12 volt, 60 milliamp and they come with long leads. To replace the bulbs in the steering wheel you must first carefully pry out the switch and the unplug it. Then you must carefully unsnap the switch housing. Take extra caution to not break any of the plastic snap fittings and do not lose any parts. The circuit boards contain the mini-lamps and they are soldered onto the board. Snap of the old bulbs , reatin the housing and the blue rubber light covers. Place the new bulb into the old holder, slip on the blue lens cover, snip the leads to about 1/4 inch, and then solder them onto the boards in the old place. Once soldered, carefully bend the bulb over to lay flat. Take the time to replace all of the bulbs. Re-assemble the switch and replace it in the steering wheel.
For the heat control dash lights the entire assembly must be removed. Replace the bulbs inthe same manner as above. The door lights do not need to be soldered, they have a holder that "unscrews" from the circuit board. Just remove the old bulb from the holder, insert the new bulb and twist the leads into place and snip off the excess leads. Then "screw" the holder back into the circuit board.
Nice reply. Wish i would have looked here before asking the Buick dealer to order new steering wheel switches (~$40 ea), just for a silly little light bulb failure! For the climate control backlights (3 of the 7 are out) the goofs at the dealership said "sorry, you gotta buy a new climate control module for $700, we cant change the lights". what an answer. I'm an engineer, and i wanted to punch them out. I couldnt believe the answer! No wonder they need a bailout.
zeagen

Schaumburg, IL

#18 Nov 25, 2008
Nice reply. Wish i would have looked here before asking the Buick dealer to order new steering wheel switches (~$40 ea), just for a silly little light bulb failure! For the climate control backlights (3 of the 7 are out) the goofs at the dealership said "sorry, you gotta buy a new climate control module for $700, we cant change the lights". what an answer. I'm an engineer, and i wanted to punch them out. I couldnt believe the answer! No wonder they need a bailout.
JadenK

Logan, OH

#19 Dec 29, 2008
Thanks, Lou! Zeagen, I am also an engineer and I also wanted to punch the guy out when they he told me I needed to spend over $1,000 to replace some burnt out bulbs. Although, as an engineer, I can't help notice that it would seem these were designed to go bad and be replaced by the full module instead of the bulb at approximately the end of the loan term. Why replace some bulbs when you can trade in and buy a new car?
DonP

Bethpage, NY

#20 Jan 23, 2009
A standard 12 volt bulb will burn out in short order (much faster than the typical original) because the system voltage is more like 14 volts. There are 14 volt bulbs available; a wire lead T1 size, 14 v 0.065 amp. rated for 10,000 hours average life, a #8111, that should work, but I have not yet had time to try it.

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