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No Climate Control backlight.. HELP

A while back I notice that the back light for the air direction on the climate control was very dim but I just let it be. Then last week the other controls the fan speed selector and temp selector back lights were off and if I hit it a little it came back on but now all lights are gone completely. I have no back lights for my climate control. Anyone know if this is a huge problem or a simple fix.

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Obviously this picture with the cabin lights off.



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Old 05-25-2010, 01:37 AM
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Re: No Climate Control backlight.. HELP

those have very small bulbs behind them and they can be changed. Most people replace them with LED's. There is a write up somewhere here.
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Re: No Climate Control backlight.. HELP

please if u can show me direction. I hope it's not too hard to take it apart.
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Re: No Climate Control backlight.. HELP

Same thing happened with mine! Need to switch to led
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Re: No Climate Control backlight.. HELP

Yep these things blow out a lot, many guys have switched to LED's for the back. Look into doing that. The factory bulbs heat up and blow out!
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Re: No Climate Control backlight.. HELP

this should help ya out. heres timmys write up. if thats not good enough, then click the bottom link where theres 4 others to chose from.
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http://jeepgarage.org/showthread.php...limate+control

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http://jeepgarage.org/search.php?searchid=523193

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Re: No Climate Control backlight.. HELP

ok this sucks did a search and see that replacing the bulbs isn't plug and play. I still have an extended warranty on my jeep until October but the deductible is $150 so I think I'll take it to the dealer to have it replaced before the warranty ends.
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Re: No Climate Control backlight.. HELP

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ok this sucks did a search and see that replacing the bulbs isn't plug and play. I still have an extended warranty on my jeep until October but the deductible is $150 so I think I'll take it to the dealer to have it replaced before the warranty ends.
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Re: No Climate Control backlight.. HELP

Funny enough I did this very repair last night to my 05 GC so I can say this is a very easy fix to do, if you have basic soldering skills and can operate a screwdriver you can save yourself some $$ and time. You might have already read a similar write up but here is what I did....

Just go down to your local radio shack and get 3 of these :

RS part # 272-1154 12v- 50mA Bi Pin lamp 5000hr life rating @ $1.68 each! ( I purchased 4 just incase)

Then just go here to get instructions as to how to remove the console - http://wkjeeps.com/interior_trim.htm#CENTERBEZEL

Then remove the hvac unit and control knobs. Careful with the knobs, they are keyed and will only remove when turned to a certain position. You can carefully pull while turning them and they should pop out when you find the slot.
Using a flat screwdriver unclip the clamshell plastic housing and then remove the control board. You will see the three burned out lamps on the face of the board, using a pair of pliers grab them at the plastic base and gently twist, they come off very easy.

Next take one of your new lamps and bend 90degree angles in the two leads near the base so they look like this _| |_ . You will then stand this on the board in place of the old lamp, and solder each lead to their individual solder joints on the board. Be carefull not to use soo much solder it gets onto the other components or traces.

Reassemble and plug it back in, should work like new.

I looked for equivalent LED replacements at Radio Shack but they only had colored 12v 5mA LED's ( Red - Blue- orange- yellow- green) The sales associate looked for clear/white leds and could find nothing available in thier catalog. Im sure I could find them if I took some time and researched the net, but for now these will do. The RS lamps do have a 5000hr rating so well see how well they hold up.
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