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Thread: Steering Wheel Control Switches/Bulb Replacement W/Pics

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    Re: Steering Wheel Control Switches/Bulb Replacement W/Pics

    They have to be desoldered, but the good news is you only have to touch the backside of the circuit board for a quick second with the solder gun and I used my thumb to "release" the bulb. Its a very easy and quick process per bulb.

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    Re: Steering Wheel Control Switches/Bulb Replacement W/Pics

    groovy, I'll add this to my list of things to do. seems pointless to replace the whole switch for just a bulb even if they are relatively inexpensive

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    Quote Originally Posted by YoshiMan
    groovy, I'll add this to my list of things to do. seems pointless to replace the whole switch for just a bulb even if they are relatively inexpensive
    Just make sure you let the truck sit with the battery disconnected for at least 45mins before you remove the air bag unless you want a broke nose

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    Re: Steering Wheel Control Switches/Bulb Replacement W/Pics

    Im a pro tech I did not unplug the air bags just tiped it out of the way and used Dorman assy's from Rock Auto (my were rubed off) around $15. each. I know you don't mess around with air bags and I don't but we have NEVER had one blow off. Good Luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by 60COUPE
    Im a pro tech I did not unplug the air bags just tiped it out of the way and used Dorman assy's from Rock Auto (my were rubed off) around $15. each. I know you don't mess around with air bags and I don't but we have NEVER had one blow off. Good Luck
    Never say never as you don't know when it can happen

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    Re: Steering Wheel Control Switches/Bulb Replacement W/Pics

    Quote Originally Posted by the cadillac man View Post
    They have to be desoldered as the only bulbs that disconnect and pop out are the ones for the analog clock in the center(which btw is a pain to find)
    Can you get just a new switch with the bulbs in it so you dont have to solder?

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    Quote Originally Posted by siccs502
    Can you get just a new switch with the bulbs in it so you dont have to solder?
    Yes but it depends on your budget(plus LEDs last longer and run cooler then standard bulbs)

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    Re: Steering Wheel Control Switches/Bulb Replacement W/Pics

    Yes the bulbs are in the new switch.

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    Re: Steering Wheel Control Switches/Bulb Replacement W/Pics

    Great write up!! Thanks a ton for taking the time to post this for those of us with this problem!! Awesome pictures! Very helpful.

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    Re: Steering Wheel Control Switches/Bulb Replacement W/Pics

    Thanks for the write-up. Will be helpful for me.

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    Re: Steering Wheel Control Switches/Bulb Replacement W/Pics

    Thanks again for the great write up...I had mine replaced with switches off ebay..just needed 3 out of 4 done. my local cadillac tech did them on the side for me. had to take the wheel off and airbag out, because there wasn't enough slack in the wiring for one of them. no waiting 45 min w/ battery unhooked, etc. just cleared the airbag code when reinstalled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djais1801
    Thanks again for the great write up...I had mine replaced with switches off ebay..just needed 3 out of 4 done. my local cadillac tech did them on the side for me. had to take the wheel off and airbag out, because there wasn't enough slack in the wiring for one of them. no waiting 45 min w/ battery unhooked, etc. just cleared the airbag code when reinstalled.
    He knower what he was doing that's why he didn't unhook the battery but it is recommended if you do it yourself as static discharge can cause the air bag to deploy

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    Re: Steering Wheel Control Switches/Bulb Replacement W/Pics

    Seems like ALOT of work when you can just buy all new switches for 100 bucks, pull the old ones out, pop the new ones in, BAM! Easy enough! .... Excellent job on the post though! pictures couldn't be better!

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    Re: Steering Wheel Control Switches/Bulb Replacement W/Pics

    Great info. So glad that Cadillac saved so much money on these cheap bulbs. I have 3 to replace on my steering wheel and four others in the other switches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthstarSTS06
    Great info. So glad that Cadillac saved so much money on these cheap bulbs. I have 3 to replace on my steering wheel and four others in the other switches.
    Its a gm cost cutting move that got done on all models
    Darn penny pinchers

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