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2001 cadillac eldorado ESC. in the center console at the very top above the radio, there are 5 buttons titled "trip reset", "info reset", "Info" "Trunk" and "Fuel door". Each of these buttons has a bulb behind it that light them up. How do I replace the bulbs behind these buttons

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Hello Joe,


Ok, the first issue is the chance 4 bulbs next to each other are laa burned out is very slim. On man of these vehicles and is probably the case here, is that the bulbs cannot be changed individually. These are not the old very common 194 bulbs. These are mini bulbs with no holder. They are soldered into a printed circuit board. These circuit boards are made of plastic and over the years are exposed to extreme cold or extreme hot ambient temperatures as well a vibration causing the circuit boards to crack or end up with open circuits. The first thing you need to do is take a test light and see if there is power going to the circuit board with the lights on. If there is, you may want to go to a junkyard and find a used panel. The problem is the used panel might be in the same condition or have one or two bulbs that illuminate.
This is a real common problem with factory stereos and the back lighting on older vehicles. In fact, my 2001 Suburban has the same issue on a rear console control, in which one bulb works and the other doesn't and of course, integral with the circuit board.
You may want to check http://www.rockauto.com to see if they have the circuit board new. I doubt if Cadillac even has these parts anymore and if they do, be prepared for sticker shock.
Good luck!

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Alarm system questions cannot be answered on this forum. These systems are not what I can answer. Without being physically at the vehicle and not knowing what kind of electrical service has been done on the vehicle, there is no possible way to give an accurate answer over the internet. My expertise is in Ignition/key based anti-theft systems. These issues include GM VATS (resistor chip in key blade) PASSLOCK (MRD)-ignition lock rotation based, no special ignition key and the PKIII Transponder (computer chip in key) systems. These systems are not alarm based and are integral with the starting of the engine. This is why I cannot diagnose alarm problems without physically looking at the vehicle: Alarm systems are a completely different annimal than ignition key/lock based anti-theft system. Many alarm questions come from vehicles 10 years old, and since older, many hands that had been involved over the years.I am an expert in all GM factory (ignition/key based)systems. Alarm system questions pose to many situations beyond my knowledge as to what has been done to the vehicle over the years. Some guy may have actually wired the stereo into the alarm system. Who knows? Over my past 30 years in vehicle wiring repair, I have seen unbelievable wiring disaters done by guys that consider themselves "mechanics." I have seen stereos and alarms intalled using surgical tape. I have seen modules burn up, un-fused circuits, wiring jambed between the doors and even lamp cord used for a starter kill. To answer alarm questions over the internet without examining the vehicle is like asking; What does it take to remove a dent?

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