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#165 of 210 Re: 1992 Buick LeSabre problem with headlights [rbakker]
May 08, 2009 (11:50 am)
You can check for voltage at the light bulb socket to a ground (not the other wire in the socket) when on low beam.
OR you can check the switch for high/low beams. which I think is on the bottom of the steering column connected to the turn signal arm at the top by a wire link that moves the switch.
I have a 93 book but I can't check on it now. If you know how to use a meter, you can check that switch. When you pull on the turn signal level do you hear and feel a switch clicking like it's switching between connections for high beams and low beams?
#166 of 210 Re: 1992 Buick LeSabre problem with headlights [imidazol97]
May 08, 2009 (12:06 pm)
It does make a click when you switch between high and low beams. Also, the twilight sentinal stays on for a pretty long time, even when set on low. Would that have anything to do with it?
#167 of 210 Re: 1992 Buick LeSabre problem with headlights [rbakker]
May 09, 2009 (6:23 am)
I still think you need to check the bright/dim switch. The twilight sentinel should work the same on both.
#168 of 210 Re: 1992 Buick LeSabre problem with headlights [imidazol97]
May 09, 2009 (9:52 am)
my money is on the main headlight switch itself, not the high/low beam switch
#169 of 210 Light replacement Radio/HVAC head unit
May 20, 2009 (7:16 am)
Hello I am new to Edmunds and a new owner to a great vehicle. We love our 2003 LeSabre. What a nice ride and reasonably economical for a large car...better than my Honda Element!!
A little disappointment, though after driving at night
My problem is there are a lot of lights out in the radio buttons.
All of the lights are out in the Automatic Heat/Cool panel. I have read in a "Fix-Ya" and others that these are typical problems that keep re-ocurring, what gives? Poor design? I have a '97 Regal and all the dash lights work!
I am a technical person. I am willing to learn how to remove these units and find out how to replace the bulb(?) or are they LED's? Or is it something utterly impossible for any human to fix?
Any help would be really nice.
BTW I Googled my problem and Google directed me here and I could not find the thread addressing this Dash light, HVAC panel/Radio problem.
#170 of 210 Re: steering wheel controls [imidazol97]
May 23, 2009 (3:28 pm)
This site and Buick will be hearing of this problem a lot more as the years move on. I have a 2004 LeSabre and most of the steering wheel lights are now out as well as some in the Climate Control and Radio. Others tell me of the same problem. The lights are accessible in the wheel but not easily. A paint can lid lifter works well to pry the assemble up but actually replacing the bulbs is extremely touchy. I removed the Temp/Vol assembly and opened it to get to the bulbs. The bulbs are miniature something or other, soldered to tiny pads on the circuit board. I have scanned pictures of the parts that I will be happy to email if anybody is interested. The next exercise would be to find replacement bulbs and blue sleeves. Don't know, but suspect, GM would stock only the complete assembly for repair.
#171 of 210 Re: steering wheel controls [pligman]
May 26, 2009 (9:54 am)
I have an '04 Lesabre with precisely the same problem. I think it is less an issue specifically tied to the lights, but to the kind of abuse the switches absorb in the course of regular use, which gets transferred to the mechanical device/light/contact that sits behind the button.
As a case in point, my cruise control stopped working about two years ago, and when I finally got sick of not having it, I took a small screwdriver and wedged up the steering wheel button for the cruise control. When it popped off, I noticed that the cruise contact microswitch was broken into three tiny pieces. There was enough cord to allow me to pull out the switch, and disconnect it. I ordered a replacement switch from a local GM dealer (seems like it was about $12 or so) and popped it back in...voila, my cruise was fixed.
The bottom line is that the switches and lamps behind the button faces were not designed to absorb the constant finger/thumb pounding they apparently receive, and those components simply fail under the abuse. Very poor design, and it makes an otherwise very pleasant car look rather slipshod when the lights start failing.
#172 of 210 Battery light wont turn off
May 22, 2009 (2:42 pm)
I just bought a 93 LeSaber. The alternator was bad and the battery was dead. I replaced both with new(not rebuilt) parts. The light next to the battery gauge will not shut off. I have drove it for a while and the voltage gauge stays centered on 13 volts. Can someone help me please? I am also having an issue with the left turn signal. The light for it on the dash stays on, when you turn it on it just stays on and doesn't blink.
Jun 16, 2009 (7:48 am)
Then we wonder why American manufacturers are in trouble. I work in electronics and find it hard to believe that all of these indicators are hard to replace. I need info on how to remove the HVAC controls and possibly the radio out of the dash. There are numerous lights out. If whatever secret is to remove these units from the dash could be shared here, I would be able to figure out what components need to be replaced and the individual indicators can be replaced.
Of course GM will only sell assemblies and not the bulbs or L.E.D.'s It keeps Delphi going. But let's try to break the un-repairable curse on these lights.
If someone would respond, I would appreciate.
If CHILTON's is the answer on "how to remove these assmblies, THEN I WILL buy a Chilton's and disect the HVAC and radio lights and find out availability. MOUSER or DIGIKEY have almost anythng imaginable for lamps/indicators.
Jun 16, 2009 (9:03 am)
BTW if some brave soul has already broken the "code" how to remove the HVAC controls or radio, or has the assembly in hand for the steering wheel indicators, pls take a real good detailed pics of these mysterious lamps the pic to email me, and I'll see what I can come up with. My email in long hand is ?????flintstone7415 at yahoo dot com??????????? If you really trust me....after we pass some emails back and forth, send the assemblies to me and I'll try to trace some id numbers or compare the lamps to what is available from major electronic suppliers. Thanks