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Recirculation button backlight light not working

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by M&M, Oct 24, 2008.

  1. M&M

    M&M Senior Member
    Messages: 312

    I hopped in my truck last night (02 2500HD) and the recirculation button was not lit up. I bought the truck in April and have not used the heater much but last night I did. I figured out that the recirculation mode does not work when in the "blend" mode floor/defrost. Will that essentially turn off the backlight behind the button to tell the operator that function cannot be used? Will the backlight come back on eventually?

    I'm probably over thinking this and it's just a bulb or something. Is it a separate bulb than the other buttons? In case you haven't realised, I'm kind of green:D when it comes to things like this. Any help is much appreciated.
  2. Truck_Stuff

    Truck_Stuff Inactive
    from NJ
    Messages: 74

    My father has a 01 Suburban and he has lost most of his radio and if I remember all of the climate control lights. As far as I know everything is still working as it should.
  3. M&M

    M&M Senior Member
    Messages: 312

    Yes, everything still works on my truck too. Did your old man's lights go out one at time? Did he look into getting it fixed?
  4. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    The REC only works in certain vent positions. If you have it in a position were REC isn't permitted it will default out of REC on it's own...putting the light out on the button.

    But yes the bulbs die too...rather common.
  5. musclecarboy

    musclecarboy 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,303

    I've got 1 climate control bulb left on my 02 2500HD. DRIVES ME NUTS!! I'm doing quite a bit more night driving since its winter so I notice it more. Any way to fix it?
  6. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    The bulbs are not technically "replaceable" but if your handy with electronics you can dis-assemble the HVAC controller and repair the bulbs. Other option is to replace the entire controller.

    Same with the radio and window/lock buttons as well.
  7. RepoMan207

    RepoMan207 PlowSite Fanatic
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,039

    Damn radio. I only have 1 & 4 button working on it. I called the dealer the other day to see how much a new radio cost (expensive I know). Anyway, he proseeds to tell me they can't even stock them, or get them. They send them out ONLY. Load of BS or for real????
  8. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    100% for real. Whether it's radio's, instrument clusters, or other related electronics, the dealer sends them to be repaired or "re-manned" on an exchange basis rather than stocking brand new units on the shelf. Been that way for years.
  9. RepoMan207

    RepoMan207 PlowSite Fanatic
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,039

    This is my first GM vehicle in over ten years. My last truck was the 05 F-150 Crew Cab. I certain like the GM's better, but when it comes to parts and service, I'm very dis satisfied. Thanks for the info, I thought for sure that guy was blowing smoke so he wouldn't have to look up a bunch of numbers. I hate losing fate in people, especially when there an instigate part of my lively hood.

    B&B what is it you do for a living? By observance, and first hand experince your a pretty knowledgeable straight shooter. Understandably it may not mean much coming from a jr. Member, But thanks for your participation here.
  10. M&M

    M&M Senior Member
    Messages: 312

    Thanks for the replies. This is my first B&B response. You should have your own robe like G.V. does with his fluid film.

    Anyway, I'm looking forward to more of my buttons to go out, and I can't wait for the radio lights to go out too!:realmad: No sense fixing it if the others are just going to go out too. Awesome.
  11. 042500hd

    042500hd Senior Member
    Messages: 251

    Ditto that. My '04 speedo stopped working dealer had the truck for 2 weeks.
  12. sechracer

    sechracer Senior Member
    Messages: 478

    if you have a salvage yard nearby, you might be able to pick up a used factory radio from them......

    http://donsauto.com/ this is ours

    You can look up the part you need and I think (not 100% sure) that they will even ship it to you....
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2008
  13. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    But remember, on the later trucks the radio's are VIN specific due to the Theftlock ll security on them. When swapping radios the replacement has to be VIN matched to the truck.