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Cadillac STS Forum - 2005 through 2012 Discussion, Start Button Replacement in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; My 05 is out of warranty and I'm getting some "peeling" on the start button. Has anyone replaced this themselves? ...
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    Greg00coupe is offline Cadillac Owners Enthusiast
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    Start Button Replacement

    My 05 is out of warranty and I'm getting some "peeling" on the start button. Has anyone replaced this themselves? I'm a "backyard" mechanic and do what I can myself.

    Looks like a sharpie might be the first "fix" and see how that goes.

    Have not looked at the dash yet but just wondering if this is a big job or just something easily done with a little patience.

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    Re: Start Button Replacement

    Is is easily removable? (I've got an SRX) Some combination of masking tape & model airplane spray paint?

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    Re: Start Button Replacement

    You have to remove the cluster trim panel by pulling it out towards the steering wheel. Then you can release the tabs holding the start button. Cluster.gif

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    Re: Start Button Replacement

    Just finished replacing the start button on my 2005 STS. The first item to remove is the wood trim from around the radio/nav system because there's two tabs attached to cluster trim panel that go under the wood trim panel. Then pull cluster trim panel towards steering wheel. All this is a little scary if it's your first time because you feel as if one of the pieces, especially the wood trim is going to break. Then push start switch out of trim panel by releasing tabs on one side, not easy to do because I couldn't get to the left tabs holding it in place. Finally the electrical connector can be released by using a screw driver in the top slot in the start button. Install new switch and put everything back like it was before. Anyway that's the way I did it.
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    Re: Start Button Replacement

    I had my switch replaced in late 2008 or early 2009 (splitting/peeling) and I notice it shuts the car off more quickly than the OEM one in my wife's 2007 car. On those occasions when I drive her car, I sometimes need to press and hold the off position to turn off the car. I wonder if this is common.

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    Big Boy is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Re: Start Button Replacement

    My replacement switch works just like the old one did, just push and release. ACDelco part number: D1433G / GM part number:25893239

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