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This is a discussion on Expensive light bulb! within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; Well the light went out on the headlight switch, making it impossible to see at night. So I pulled out ...

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    Expensive light bulb!

    Well the light went out on the headlight switch, making it impossible to see at night. So I pulled out the headlight switch and found the smallest light bulb I have ever seen in my life.

    Then I find out it's not available seperate,,,I have to buy the entire switch for $40 Oh well,,,,I had to buy the switch just to rob the light bulb out of it,,,,I knew there was a reason I avoided these new cars for so long,,,,lol.

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    this little bulb?[IMG][/IMG]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebirdjones View Post

    I knew there was a reason I avoided these new cars for so long,,,,lol.
    wait what???avoided new cars for a simple lil bulb..dood just go to radioshack and by a lil led..i think thats what it is

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    LOL,,,there are many other aggravating reasons why I'm not a fan of new cars. It's a long story. Radio Shack is the second place I looked after getting stupid looks from the counter people at the local autoparts stores,,,,and I at least got service from radio shack,,,but no bulb matched this little sucker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 35thAnniZ28 View Post
    this little bulb?Click for full size[/thumb]
    Yes that tiny thing encased in the plastic twist in housing.

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    ok lemee find you something hold up

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    if you had a camaro no need to see the lite switch....





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    LOL,,,it is a camaro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 35thAnniZ28 View Post
    Okay, I see what you are talking about now. I appreciate the effort but I am not into the fancy color light stuff in the dash. Prefer stock.
    A good option though for those that like that stuff.

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    Just be lucky you dont have a 93-97 camaro. The headlight bulbs are $25. with the shitty roads here they get expensive to replace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebirdjones View Post
    LOL,,,it is a camaro.
    then why bother

    just cuz? heck i mite do the same thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigrondownhiller View Post
    Just be lucky you dont have a 93-97 camaro. The headlight bulbs are $25. with the shitty roads here they get expensive to replace.
    I have a 97 as well. You are talking about headlights themselves. Those are not so bad,,,,at least they are real headlights made of glass. I prefer that over these damn composite plastic lights the 98-02's have, kinda cheap if you ask me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue02Z View Post
    then why bother

    just cuz? heck i mite do the same thing
    I am the type of person that likes everything to work on my cars, whether it's something I need or not. I'm not going to let something go just because it might not be necessary.

    Plus my wife and son sometimes need the dome light on,,,,and I can't find the stupid switch at night to turn in on when it's not visible.

    I think the cure all here would be to turn off that stupid sensor under the dash that turns the headlights on all the time. It would be much easier on bulb replacement.

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    ^^^ very true, i replaced my drivers side lil bulb that lites up my window switches and locks at nite, that was a lil bulb as well, with my discount at the dealership where i worked it was a $10 bulb, and no bigger than your issue above.

    i understand how you want it to work, i would prolly do the same thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue02Z View Post
    i replaced my drivers side lil bulb that lites up my window switches and locks at nite, that was a lil bulb as well, with my discount at the dealership where i worked it was a $10 bulb, and no bigger than your issue above.
    Go to a autoparts store next time 'cause it's not a $10 bulb

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue02Z View Post
    ^^^ very true, i replaced my drivers side lil bulb that lites up my window switches and locks at nite, that was a lil bulb as well, with my discount at the dealership where i worked it was a $10 bulb, and no bigger than your issue above.

    i understand how you want it to work, i would prolly do the same thing
    I had to replace that bulb too,,,lol. When I pulled it apart I noticed it looked just like a #194 bulb only very tiny.

    I just grabbed mine from GM as well, since I was already there buying a headlight switch (just for the bulb )

    We found out that those tiny window switch bulbs only come in packs of 10 for $20,,,,I couldn't see keeping 9 of them around the shop, probably get lost,,,,so he just pulled one out of the pack and gave it to me,,,,lol.

    I think the lights are just on too much of the time with that stupid light sensor in the dash,,,,it's time I start looking into modifying that so I can just work the headlight switch when I see fit.

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    i have a extra headlight switch for a 98-02 camaro, it works fine and has that bulb. $20 shipped.

    edit nevermind i see you got it fixed. BTW, you can get those window switch bulbs in 2 packs at autoparts store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2MuchFun View Post
    i have a extra headlight switch for a 98-02 camaro, it works fine and has that bulb. $20 shipped.
    You might want to hang onto that just for the bulb,,,eventually you will need one.

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    o yea and dont be intimidated by the task of modifying the light sensor, just take 2 thin screw drivers and gently pry up the dash. then take the sensor out of its socket and cut the 2 wires going to it and wire nut them. piece of cake.

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