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10-18-2006, 06:18 PM
So the light in my stock stereo apparently went out. I turned on the car yesterday, and all the lights in the buttons work fine..... its just the screen where the clock and radio stations appear is out. Is this it? Do I just need to get in there and replace a little bulb or something....... or is it more than that?


10-18-2006, 08:20 PM
i would start by checking fuses

10-19-2006, 06:07 PM
Seriously? Theres a separate fuse for the screen, and another one for the other buttons on the stereo?

10-21-2006, 02:51 PM
Anyone have any other idea's?

A buddy of mine seems to think the LCD screen just burnt out & I'll have to just get another at the junkyard, or a new one entirely. How he said it made sense. I guess I'm just hoping its something simpler or cheaper.

10-21-2006, 03:11 PM
it wouldnt be a seperate fuse. Id agree with your buddy that the lcd screen in done for. go buy a new one i guess.

05-07-2008, 04:13 PM
hey sleepwalkr i have the same thing, you will need to take the stereo apart. there are 3 little light bulbs behind the screen that provide light, these are burnt out. you need to find replacment bulbs that can be sodered(sp) onto an electronic board that are about 8.5 volts. GL i spent hours today trying to find the bulbs. is the screen completly black?

05-07-2008, 05:12 PM
I have basically the same thing. My center light bulb on the display is burnt out.
This is what I plan on doing:
- Take the stereo out and put it on the bench.
- Take the faceplate off until you find the light bulb.
- If it is a quick disconnect, replace it.
- If it is soldered on, plug the stereo back into the car as is and meter the leads across the bulb to determine the voltage.
- Try to find another bulb.
- solder it onto the stereo.
- reassemble stereo and install it back into the car.

I have a feeling it is going to be a micro bulb that has little leads that are soldered directly onto a circuit board. As mentioned above, it might be real tough trying to find one. In which case, you could either take a bulb from somewhere else, say the CD player and put it on the display. you could also get another monsoon radio to take the bulbs from there, because if you install a new head unit in your car the Theftlock II system will prevent it from working and you will have to take it to the dealer to have the VIN programmed into it to match your car. It might be easier and cheaper to replace the bulb from the newer stereo.

Just my thoughts...

05-08-2008, 11:24 AM
I sorced the bulbs from ac delco. they are soldered on, and are running at 8.5 volts.

05-09-2008, 06:02 AM
yea mine does it 2 it will come on for a little bit then go out then back on and yea sucks

05-21-2008, 08:37 PM
These can be replaced very easily. I personally replaced all 3 of the bulbs with 12v bulbs about 3 weeks ago and they are still working great.

I got them from Parts-Express.

05-21-2008, 09:25 PM
These can be replaced very easily. I personally replaced all 3 of the bulbs with 12v bulbs about 3 weeks ago and they are still working great.

I got them from Parts-Express.

^^^ make anything brighter???

05-22-2008, 10:00 AM
Actually the brightness stayed about the same. If the circuit is only being fed 8.5v, the 12v bulbs are just over kill. Maybe it will help them from burning out so easily though.

Also I might add that I didn't replace the small white rubber caps over my bulbs either when I put the new bulbs in.

05-23-2008, 12:01 AM
Kelly over on GAOC had a thread about replacing the bulbs in the radio. Someone said you can get replacements at Radio Shack.

06-11-2008, 10:14 AM
I did this for the LCD display...

The panel around the radio (which sockets the ETS, hazard and DC adapter) comes off fairly easy. Turn the car to on, ebrake down, put the shifter to its lowest position, use a butter knife and start picking away at the panel, once it gets close to the keys, return the car back to park, remove the keys then the panel. Be careful the key ring filler comes out as well. Then follow these instructions:

I used bulb 1141 from Radio Shack (Source Circuit City in Canada), stripped the plastic from the two wires and slid them through the holes on the bulb socket and wrapped them around, this was sufficient for me (no need to solder) and reinstalled everything. Works like a beauty now.

It's a fairly simple repair in my opinion and for the cost of the bulb you cannot go wrong.