98LE Air Flow Selector Bulb Replacement

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Old 15 Apr 2006, 03:50 pm   #1 (permalink)
Leonard M. Wapner
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Default 98LE Air Flow Selector Bulb Replacement

The backlight bulb is burned out behind the "channel selector" air flow
selector control for the a/c and must be replaced. The dealer is quoting a
high labor charge of somewhere between $50 and $100 to replace the bulb.

Is this correct? Why so much?



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Old 18 Apr 2006, 09:58 am   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: 98LE Air Flow Selector Bulb Replacement

Dealers quote high prices on everything.
Seems like it's very unlikely to get out of there for under $80
regardless of what's being done.
In fairness to the dealer, they do have the overhead of advertising,
space rent, training, tools and equipment, salaries, and of course,
profit. So if you do pay the prices, you're supposed to (in theory
anyway) get high quality work by people familiar with your vehicle.
It's really not that difficult to replace the bulb. You need to remove
the plastic radio surround piece by prying on a corner, then unfasten
the bolts holding that section of cover plate for the dash, and pry off
the knobs.
Of course, the bulbs themselves are not expensive.
In my case, even though I do things myself like changing the timing
belt and axles, it didn't seem worth the effort for the benefit.
Instead, I simply have learned the positions on the dial.
The knobs are different sizes so you can tell by touch when driving and
not have to divert your attention from the road, which in my view is
better anyway.
In other words, the fan switch is smaller than the temperature and
position switches on either side.
For the position switch, the arrangement is logical. Dash vents only,
dash and floor, floor only, floor and defrost, and defrost only , IIRC.
So once you learn them, you don't need the light. And of course, you
don't need it during the day either.

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