I'm new to this firoum and also a new Uplander owner hoping for some help... After reading this forum it appears I may have purchaed an electrical nightmare waiting to happen. My Uplander is a 2005 LS RWB, and I have already pulled the fuse for the power sliding door to avoid it opening while moving again, now my dash lights and head lights are flickering slightly and the dash lights have started to burn out !!
Questions....Can the dash lights be replaced??
Hoping for some advise
Thanx in advance for all the help!!
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I have this same problem. I contacted the dealer and they said the bulbs behind the gauges are not replaceable and are not sold and they only will replace the whole gauge set. I didn't believe them and so I pulled the gauges out and was able to pull the pulls out but the dealer was right. I haven't seen a bulb like this before and neither has the part stores in town. My dad mentioned the best bet is to go to a wrecking yard and find a 2005-2006 chevy/gmc with a gauge cluster and see if I can pull the bulbs out and buy them there.
Does any one else have any suggestions? I actually have pictures of the bulb but now where I am at now. Let me know if posting them will help.
Yes, please post the pics of you can & I will do some investigating to see what I can find. Hopfully someone has already found a fix.
I did some research years ago on an 02 Montana that had the radio lights go out...dealer said you must replace the whole radio....research found a guy the was able to solder new bulbs into the radio in 10 min @ $1.50....Hopfully we can find a fix like that !!
Here are the images I got from the light bulbs, sorry it took a while. The images were on an old cell phone that I can't use any more and it took a little to find all the right cables. I have the originals in higher resolution plus 2 or 3 more files. On the blue plastic piece it said it is a 12V 12 W lightbulb and it also said alba.
I had my bulbs repalced by a local mechanic who said you could solder in new bulbs to the blue plastic base if you wanted to but it was a lot of intricate work....he recommended going to the scrap yard and collecting as many as you can ....so thats what I did...lol. The scrap yard didnt even charge me for them.
Now I have to do the alternator voltage regulator fix to ensure my new bulbs dont blow!! My mechanic says the flickering headlights issue that most Uplander owners are having is the main reason the dash light bulbs are blown as they are the smallest and weakest link in the lighting of the van....
I know this thread is quite old but I just got the same problem on my SV6. One of the bulbs on top of the speedometer burned out. This area is now much darker than the rest of the dash and this is quite annoying. I already got the idea what to do but the question is how hard is to reach the back of the instrument panel? Do I need to remove the instrument panel or it's possible to get there without that hassle? If I have to remove the panel what I need to do? Thanks in advance.
I found a detailed picture explaining the process in GM technical documentation. Looks easy to do without removing too many parts and spending too much time. The bulb is 12V 1.2W but what the dimensions are? Looks like most common size is 5mm x 20mm, type 286 (just for reference). Is this the one we are talking about? I would like to have the bulbs ready prior to disassemble the cluster.
P.S. Btw, I thought GM finally made the cluster illumination by using LEDs, but... maybe next time. To protect the bulbs from burning it is a good idea to dim the dash a bit. By general rule only 10% less voltage gives approximately 2X live in incandescent bulbs.