LS400 stereo help - head unit backlight - Club Lexus Forums

Log In 

LS400 stereo help - head unit backlight

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-19-04, 01:24 PM   #1
yackedy996
Driver School Candidate
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: California
Posts: 3
Default LS400 stereo help - head unit backlight

My stereo system works fine but the head unit doesn't light up at night... dealer quoted $500 to repair. Sounds a little steep to me ... does anyone have experience with this fix? TIA

Jerry
yackedy996 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-04, 02:12 PM   #2
EXE.UCF10
VIP|EXEstyle セルシオ
iTrader: (2)
 
EXE.UCF10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 4,591
Smile Welcome to the forums..

You can contact O.L.T. via PM or through http://www.lextech.org/

He'll be able to get the backlight working again, and have it light up a different color if you wish.

Some examples of what he can do/has done:
http://www.clublexus.com/forums/show...threadid=88406
EXE.UCF10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-04, 10:56 PM   #3
LexLS
Lexus Test Driver
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 1,176
Post

Pull the stereo out, open it up and check to see if the bulbs are burned out. It sounds like they are. I have instructions on removing the stereo here: http://www.lexls.com/head_unit.html
LexLS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-04, 12:04 PM   #4
caliness
Pole Position
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: California
Posts: 211
Default

I have a 96 LS400. My Pioneer stereo backlights are out, which makes it hard to see at night. The LCD works fine, it's just that the light is out. I heard that the bulbs (or LED's) are soldered onto the board. Is there any way I can replace these myself?

I heard that I can buy the blubs at http://www.superbrightleds.com , but how do I find out which one to buy?

PS: I'm going for the super-white look (like the new LS)
caliness is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-04, 09:09 PM   #5
LexLS
Lexus Test Driver
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 1,176
Default

Read up on my site under the lighting section and you will find what you want to know . My guess is that the bulbs in your stereo are just burned out, LED's rarely burn out. These units have both bulbs and LED's. Just take the stereo out and open up the front panel. Use a thin flat-headed screwdriver to get the bulbs out and see if they are burned out. While checking the bulbs take off their covers, this will give you the "white look."

The procedure will be very similar to this: http://www.lexls.com/climatebacklighting.html
LexLS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-04, 11:39 AM   #6
caliness
Pole Position
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: California
Posts: 211
Default

Quote:
Originally posted by Earl!
Read up on my site under the lighting section and you will find what you want to know . My guess is that the bulbs in your stereo are just burned out, LED's rarely burn out. These units have both bulbs and LED's. Just take the stereo out and open up the front panel. Use a thin flat-headed screwdriver to get the bulbs out and see if they are burned out. While checking the bulbs take off their covers, this will give you the "white look."

The procedure will be very similar to this: http://www.lexls.com/climatebacklighting.html
I noticed on the link that I can get the bulbs (or LEDs) from http://www.superbrightleds.com , but it doesn't have the model number to order it from there.
caliness is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-04, 11:37 PM   #7
RedAE102
Driver School Candidate
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: California
Posts: 21
Default

I replaced the bulbs in my '96 for about $5 including the bulbs and glue... basically, once you have the stereo out, just start removing the screws as you get at the front... then remove the 7 screws to remove the circuit board from the face itself... the bulbs have green condoms on them.... I can't recall what the bulb numbers were, but I got them from Radio Shack. If you search, I posted before on this with the bulb numbers and all. Any advice, just ask!
RedAE102 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-04, 12:27 AM   #8
Vik
Driver
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Australia
Posts: 186
Default

Quote:
Originally posted by caliness
I have a 96 LS400. My Pioneer stereo backlights are out, which makes it hard to see at night. The LCD works fine, it's just that the light is out.
Same here. But my lights sometimes come alive again.... Dunno what the problem is

Can anybody give me advice what to do. My dealer quoted $2000 bucks for head unit...
Vik is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-04, 05:29 AM   #9
lexusk8
Lexus Fanatic
 
lexusk8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Florida
Posts: 7,380
Default

For anyone who's interested,

About 7 months ago, a couple bulbs burnt out from behind the A/C cluster unit in my '01 ES. I took apart the unit to get access to the bulbs, and when I looked closely at the bulbs in question, the filaments looked intact and in OK condition. Still, I replaced the bulbs anyway with the ones I purchased from the Lexus parts dept (about $2 each). When I put everything back together, the bulbs light up I made up a thread detailing my step-by-step instructions and pics of replacing the center console bulbs here.

Replacing these bulbs is not as bad as it seems; just follow my method or Earl's method (http://www.lexls.com/head_unit.html), and you'll be fine
lexusk8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-04, 07:27 AM   #10
caliness
Pole Position
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: California
Posts: 211
Default

Quote:
Originally posted by Vik
Same here. But my lights sometimes come alive again.... Dunno what the problem is

Can anybody give me advice what to do. My dealer quoted $2000 bucks for head unit...
My 96 LS stereo backlight started out like that; flcikering, turning on and off from time to time. Now it's always off. So chances are, sooner or later, you're next!
caliness is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-04, 07:28 AM   #11
caliness
Pole Position
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: California
Posts: 211
Default

Quote:
Originally posted by RedAE102
I replaced the bulbs in my '96 for about $5 including the bulbs and glue... basically, once you have the stereo out, just start removing the screws as you get at the front... then remove the 7 screws to remove the circuit board from the face itself... the bulbs have green condoms on them.... I can't recall what the bulb numbers were, but I got them from Radio Shack. If you search, I posted before on this with the bulb numbers and all. Any advice, just ask!
Can we replace with different color bulbs? ANy idea where to get different color 'condoms'?
caliness is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Jerry Johnson (Midwest Superstore) Does It Again Re Lexus Extended Warranty DocRock143 GX - 2nd Gen (2010-present) 3 08-03-15 07:28 AM
IL WTB: dr's side window control unit 92LS jerryparks General Classifieds 0 05-23-14 06:15 PM
Jerry Johnson - Still The King of Extended Warranties dug320 RX - 3rd Gen (2010-2015) 1 05-20-13 07:22 PM
Lexus Warranty scsok920 Car Chat 18 04-19-13 12:45 PM
Anyone have 1998 Sc400 Nak stereo diagram jboy Lexus Audio, Video, Security & Electronics 5 05-16-08 11:10 AM


Tags
backlight, bulb, bulbs, clublexus, fix, gs300, head, lexus, light, ls400, pioneer, problem, replace, stereo, unit

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:12 AM.


Copyright © 2000-2016 Internet Brands, Inc. All Rights Reserved