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    LED Pod Switch Lights

    This wright-up explains how to convert the pod switch lights on a 1st. generation Saturn (1995 SC-2) to LEDís. First remove the plastic housing that surrounds the radio/HVAC control pod. There are 2 push pins, one on each side of the housing. Push in on the center and pull the pins out then slide the housing forward. Unplug the plastic wire connector from the back of the push button switches. The switch assembly unclips from the housing and looks like this:

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    On the back you will see 1, 2 or 3 bulb sockets, depending on how your car is equipped. Using a small screwdriver loosen the bulbís base and pull them out. This is what they look like:

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    Straighten the bulbís wires and pull it out.

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    I used 12volt T5 Super Blue Dashboard Wedge Base LED Light Lamp Bulbs. These are very cheap on E-bay.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/10X-T5-74-70...item5653a8d1ca

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    Straighten the LEDís wires and pull it out of the base.

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    Insert the LED into the Saturn base and bend the wires back into a U-shape following the groves in the base. Trim the wires if they are too long.

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    Obviously the larger 5mm LED is not going to fit into the 3mm opening. What you need to do is use a 13/64Ē drill to enlarge the hole. Use a slow speed. Too large a hole and the lamp base will not lock in place.

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    Before installing the new LEDís test them with a 9-voly battery. They are polarity sensitive so if they donít light reverse the connection.

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    At this point you may want to open the case and remove the circuit board. Inside you will see 2 small LEDís soldered to the board (circled in green). I decided not to replace these. That way when you push the button the indicator light will change color. However if you feel comfortable un-soldering them and have a suitable replacement LED go for it. The LEDís circled in red are the new ones seen from the bottom of the board.


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    Before installing the switches in the housing, plug them in and turn on your head lights. They should look like this:


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    If they do not light simply remove the LED and rotate if 180 deg to reverse the polarity. It should look like this:

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    Then when you press the button the indicator light will change color:


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    Reassemble your housing and enjoy.
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    Definitely need to do this, it should work for the a/c and recirculate buttons too?
    99' SL2- stick swapped, static, slammed, DD, forever in progress.

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    yes it will work for those too.

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    You beat me to it that was going to be my next post. In fact it is even easier since the AC/REC bulbs are larger so no drilling is required.

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    Just follow the same procedure as above.

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    One thing I notices is that these LEDís are very directional, like a flashlight instead of a bulb. When I installed them in the AC/REC switches they seemed very dim, even with the dash lights on full. The solution was to loosen the wires in the base and bend them 90 deg to point toward the push button.

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    This photo shows the LED on the left pointing down and the LED on the right pointing forward.

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    And, finnaly with both LED's pointing forward. Enjoy.

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    P.S. The AC/REC circuit board has 2 LED's soldered into it, similar to the pod indicatior lights. Again, I did not change them out so that when the buttons are pushed and the indicatoe lights comes they are a different color.


    AC LED's 2 001.JPG


    Sorry about the shakey picture, I got to stop drinking on Sundays.
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    Looks awesome! I'll probably be doing this soon with red leds instead to match my head unit. Hopefully it turns out this good!
    99' SL2- stick swapped, static, slammed, DD, forever in progress.

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    Yours came out great. I did the same thing but on the ac/rec mine did not come out bright. I bent them 90* as well. Im wait till night and c how they look.

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    The Final 4

    There are 4 more bulbs that you may want to switch over to LEDís to complete the job. The first are the 2 temperature slider lights. They are located on each side of the slider assembly. Twist the lamp holder about ľ turn and gently pull them out.

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    The tricky part here is getting the bulb out of the holder. The only way I know to do that without breaking the bulb (which you defiantly donít want to do!!!!) is to wrap the bulb in Gorilla Tape and pull really hard. It is the only tape I found that is sticky enough to stay in place on that small bulb. Do NOT use pliers or any kind of tool that might break the bulb.


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    Now the easy part. The LED's just plugs in!!! The passenger side is ready as is so just push and turn the bulb housing back in to place. The driverís side takes a slight modification to get it in. Inside the slider assembly is a clear plastic diffuser that spreads the light around the sliders. On the passenger side it has a hole in it so the LED clears. On the driverís side it doesnít. It get the LED to lock in place you could drill a hole in the diffuser but it might break. Instead just grind a small amount off the tip of the LED.


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    The last 2 are the easiest of all. The cigarette lighter light just unclips. Use the Gorilla tape to pull the bulb out, Pop the LED in and clip it back in place.



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    The cup holder light works the same way.


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    For a total cost of $1.39 and a few hours my entire pod lights now have a beautiful blue glow.


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    Enjoy.
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    I have replaced my hvac sliders, cupholder, cig lighter bulbs, and cluster bulbs and I used the round ridged inner section of a multi-tool pliers to pull the bulbs out without breaking them.
    99' SL2- stick swapped, static, slammed, DD, forever in progress.

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    Do you recall the size of the bulbs and bases. I found these ...

    https://www.ebay.ca/itm/201631745500

    Looks like the T3 might be a swap.

    Thoughts?


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    This is what I used if I remember correctly: http://www.ebay.com/itm/10X-Car-T5-3...item5d602c4da0
    The ones you show mat work in some of the fittings but not all and they are more expensive.
    As the late great Everett Dirksen said, ďOne horsepower here, one horsepower there, pretty soon you talking real power.Ē

    As my father always said; Itís not what you know that counts, it's what you think of in time.

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    Ok so I ordered these almost 2 weeks ago only bad thing is it says it won't be delivered till October 11th almost 2 months for delivery. As soon as I ordered these another one popped up for 99 cents free delivery from China also so heads up

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    Quote Originally Posted by axxer4200 View Post
    Ok so I ordered these almost 2 weeks ago only bad thing is it says it won't be delivered till October 11th almost 2 months for delivery. As soon as I ordered these another one popped up for 99 cents free delivery from China also so heads up

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    Which ones did you order?


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    The one that Thor4sl2 sugessted

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    Ok I received the bulbs yesterday a lot quicker than it stated. Gonna start the installation tonight will post some pictures later

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    Looking forward to it.


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    ok here it is in all its glory pretty bad but not as bad ass as I thought but I ain't hatein thanks for mod. Oh I found that when you drill your 13/64 holes drill it in reverse. The bulbs that go in the hot and cold cup holder and cig lighter just plug right in don't remove the bulb from the holder they just push in

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    I was just reading the beginning of this article and realized that it said 95 sc2 mine is a 96 sl2 so it can be done on 2nd Gen as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thor4SL2 View Post
    This is what I used if I remember correctly: http://www.ebay.com/itm/10X-Car-T5-3...item5d602c4da0
    The ones you show mat work in some of the fittings but not all and they are more expensive.
    Have you had any issue with the lights burning out

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