Rear AC/ REAR heat switch swap

Rear AC/ REAR heat switch swap

Postby Rookie162 [OP] » January 28th 2017, 6:47pm

Amazon has the rear ac switch at 39 bucks versus the rear heat switch at 58.

Can i buy 2 rear ac switches and label one "heat" on my own since both my switches have bulbs burnt out?

I would imagine these 2 switches are identical internally since they do the same function.
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Re: Rear AC/ REAR heat switch swap

Postby AstroWill » January 28th 2017, 6:49pm

If the only problem is that they don't light up, why not just replace the bulbs? $80+ for new switches, or $2 for bulbs...

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Re: Rear AC/ REAR heat switch swap

Postby Rookie162 [OP] » January 28th 2017, 7:17pm

AstroWill wrote:If the only problem is that they don't light up, why not just replace the bulbs? $80+ for new switches, or $2 for bulbs...


I took them apart already.....theyre not as as as a job as the radio lites were. The bulb wires are long and weave in n out. Hard to explain
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Re: Rear AC/ REAR heat switch swap

Postby srdragonusa » January 28th 2017, 7:24pm

I have a few Rear switches, They cam out of a 2002/2003 Astro.
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Not sure if it lights up. I may be able to test it. I was just about to post up these spare parts.
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Re: Rear AC/ REAR heat switch swap

Postby Rookie162 [OP] » January 28th 2017, 7:57pm

srdragonusa wrote:I have a few Rear switches, They cam out of a 2002/2003 Astro.
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Not sure if it lights up. I may be able to test it. I was just about to post up these spare parts.


Test it and lemme know

Or u could do a bulb replacement tutorial. Haha
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Re: Rear AC/ REAR heat switch swap

Postby srdragonusa » January 29th 2017, 2:53am

hehe

OK, took the spare apart, not hard, just need to be careful. Seems all the plastic is very brittle in theses vans. I don't think it's worth swapping the bulbs easier to swap the switch.

Here's the switch separated in 2
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Close up of Bulb side the 2 blue things are the bulbs
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if you click on image and zoom in you can see the tiny wire leg of the bulb. Doesn't look like fun to me.
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Re: Rear AC/ REAR heat switch swap

Postby Rookie162 [OP] » January 29th 2017, 4:34am

Exactly! Lol

So back to my original question.....

Would 2 "REAR AC" switches work....and i label one for heat?
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Re: Rear AC/ REAR heat switch swap

Postby AstroWill » January 29th 2017, 4:46am


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Re: Rear AC/ REAR heat switch swap

Postby 1lowcab » January 29th 2017, 4:47am

I replaced the bulb in my rear heat switch....it was not fun. Also, now it doesn't match the other lights as the factory bulbs have that blue coating on them.

Someday I'll just replace the switch.
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Re: Rear AC/ REAR heat switch swap

Postby AstroWill » January 29th 2017, 5:22am

They do sell the colored 'gel' caps/covers that go over standard white bulbs, aka lighting filters. Of course, all of the used ones are 12+ years old now as well, and it is quite common for them to be burned out.
I wouldn't buy these online, but they should be available locally, I had bought some years ago. http://amzn.to/2pKCeMD

Something like this might work as well. http://amzn.to/2p5Gh7s

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Re: Rear AC/ REAR heat switch swap

Postby One-Eye » March 11th 2017, 2:27am

I'm not sure why this is such a discussion. I replaced my bulbs in both switches quite easily with perfect results. There is a thread in the forums on how to do it, written quite well. The bulbs can be had on ebay cheap. I got a pack of 10 of them for something like $3.00. I did mine slightly different then the post, I didn't crush my bulbs in fear of damaging the covers. I instead clipped the leads as close to the bulbs as possible and carefully removed the covers so I could reuse them on the new bulbs. I also chose to use the incandescent 7219 bulbs instead of LEDs because I want the bulbs to dim with the rest of the dash and don't want to get into replacing all my dash lights with LEDs yet (Dimming issue and the time involved).
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Re: Rear AC/ REAR heat switch swap

Postby 1lowcab » March 11th 2017, 2:55am

I re-did all 3 switches with 3mm LEDs, along with all the other bulbs on the dash/doors.

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The rear heat, rear ac and rear wiper are a little hard and it is easiest to crush the original bulbs so you have more wire to work with but worth it when it's done.
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