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    Buttons/illuminate?

    2000 Seville

    Had the car for a few weeks.
    Just dawned on me that there is no illumination on the info/trip/KM MPH/Temp control/ front seat heater buttons (the rear are illuminated)....at night with head lamps ON.
    ....can't recall if they were working before.
    Is there a setting for this maybe I turned off somehow?
    Fuse blown? Or maybe they just aren't illuminated buttons?

    Anyone? Please advise.
    Thanks.

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    Check the fuses under the rear seat cushion, including the one labeled DIM.

    If the fuses are good, the "rice grain" (named for their size and shape) are out. You can replace them if you don't mind soldering. Otherwise, you'll need to replace the buttons.

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    Thanks for reply.
    (So ur saying they Should be illuminated, it sounds like)
    I'll check that fuse when I get the chance.
    I'm hoping that it's a fuse, since not one of the buttons is illuminated.....I doubt they are all burned out.

    Thank you!

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    Re: Buttons/illuminate?

    Yes, they should illuminate. I doubt it's a fuse. That would take out more than just 3 buttons. Not sure what bulb those are. I just did a console button and all 6 steering wheel buttons on an '04. If it's the same type of bulbs, it's micro surgery soldering (tweezers and magnifying glass).

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    Thank you.
    I appreciate the info.
    .....sorry if I was unclear, but ALL buttons I listed before are not lit up.
    (Not just 3)
    In the event I need to solder I may need to come back for more advice in how to do so. Thanks.

    I'll check fuses and keep u guys posted.

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    Re: Buttons/illuminate?

    If you need to solder in new bulbs and you do not know how to solder, I would strongly advise replacing the switch. Like I said, it is micro surgery and you are soldering the bulb onto a very small printed circuit board. That said, all those bulbs at once is not likely. You need to find the common denominator, fuse or ground maybe.

    Just to give you an idea of what I was talking about. Here is one of the steering wheel bulbs.
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    Thanks again Ranger.
    I'll look into the fuse tomorrow and hopefully solve the issue.
    Otherwise I'll be bugging you in the near future.

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    Re: Buttons/illuminate?

    Do your headlamps turn on automatically when it gets dark?
    I get no button illumination until twilight sentinel detects it's dark enough outside.

    The light sensor for the twilight sentinel on my 01 SLS is going bad, it has to be pitch black outside before my auto headlamps come on. Until then there is no button illumination even with the headlamp switch turned on.

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    Re: Buttons/illuminate?

    Quote Originally Posted by 3redlines View Post
    Do your headlamps turn on automatically when it gets dark?
    I get no button illumination until twilight sentinel detects it's dark enough outside.

    The light sensor for the twilight sentinel on my 01 SLS is going bad, it has to be pitch black outside before my auto headlamps come on. Until then there is no button illumination even with the headlamp switch turned on.

    Same here, and one of the buttons on the steering wheel has no more illumination (backlighting).

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    I believe my sentinel is fine.
    I checked the fuse today and it was toast.
    Put another one in and it blew.

    I'll have to do some troubleshooting tomorrow.
    .....but I guess at least it's better than soldering all them little lamps.

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    Re: Buttons/illuminate?

    Quote Originally Posted by BigErn23 View Post
    .....but I guess at least it's better than soldering all them little lamps.
    IF you can find the short.

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    Which fuse?

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