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Repair of AM/FM Radio w/ Cassette Radio

BugMan

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Jun 8, 2006
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37
Location
Miami Beach, Florida
Corvette
04 Torch Red Convertible w Black Rag Top & 6 speed
I went to the dealer for my regular scheduled oil and filter change. At the same time I wanted them to look at the radio buttons 2 and 5 since they were no longer lighting up at night.

So I get a call a couple of hours later that they are having to order a new radio because the bulbs on the buttons are not meant to be replaced. WHAT! I mean I am lucky my vette is still under warranty but a whole new unit ($500 or so) for two light bulbs.

Does anyone here know if the bulbs are replaceable? Thanks.
 

bill81vette

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Jan 17, 2004
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4,272
Location
Troy,NY
Corvette
1981 dark blue metallic
I don't know, but I would like to find out as my 2001 silverado has most of its radio lites out,!

I'm NOT about to buy a new radio to fix them though!!
 

bradfordsvettes

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Mar 28, 2001
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549
Location
Boston, MA area
Corvette
jewel blue 61.cranberry 69 t-top.black rose 92
the bulbs are not generally serviced seperately :cry some one real handy may be able to do them but it is not a covered repair at a dealership and they do need to be sent out for service I don't think a repaired radio would be that staggering price for bulbs .But the warranty proceadure is for a radio swap not always new but a refub unit :crazy Steve
 

bossvette

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May 19, 2003
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3,233
Location
West Unity Ohio
Corvette
1968 1997
I have a cassette from my 97 that I swapped out for a CD, can't say for sure if all the lights work or not never payed much attention to them. If interested make me an offer.
Craig sr
 

RoadReady

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Sep 5, 2003
Messages
175
Location
Savannah, Tennessee
Corvette
Torch Red C5 coupe
The bulbs in the C4 Bose are fairly easy to replace, and I would suspect that the C5 Bose is not that much different internally. As long as it is a warrany repair, I'd smile happily and take the brand new radio! :D If it was non-warranty I'd grab the soldering iron and take a look.
 

c5y2k

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Oct 1, 2005
Messages
475
Location
Gallatin, TN
Corvette
2000 Nassau Blue Vert
Yes the bulbs can be replaced. There is another forum that I check out every so often and there are a handfull of write ups on people changing the stock lights to LEDs. I have not dont it but it can be done.
 

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