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I have the common problem of flashing start engine button, and decided to either fix it or disable it.

After you remove the panel, you'll see a grey/white connector that plugs to the switch in the picture. There are 4 wires on the connector, 1 red and 3 black.

Check that the pair of red/black wires has consistent 12v. In my case, it does.

I then put 12v dc through the pictured button, the leg with the fasten tab is + . There is no light, so it must be a faulty LED.

To get to the LED , you'll have to break the button base. The button is glued together, a combo of box cutter + pointy screw driver did it for me, but be careful beacuse there are 2 small springs inside.

The good news is the actual switch that starts the card is on a another switch not on the picture, so even without the button on the pic, you can still start the car.

I have never seen this type of LED. Any idea where I may find one? It takes 12 v, and the base of the LED says 12vdc EBT S1.

I may just get a regular amber LED from electronic and solder something up.
 

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This problem has also been driving me crazy for the past 6 months. I'm ready to paint the damn button black or something. Is there a way to just disable it without breaking the button base?
 

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disabling the light of the button is easy, just undo the panel, cut the red wire ( the only red one of the 4 ) to the button, and it won't light up.
 

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Mine flickered for a few days before retiring altogether. I like it better off - less inside light at night and I don't need the light to know where it's at.
 

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Mine began flickering after a few laps at the track.
The springs are probably fatigued, thus the LED isn't
seated properly in the housing.

a guess?
-Robert
 

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Went to a electronic store and tried to find a replacemnt LED.

Their 12v leds comes with a socket that's big, and I didn't want to border to remove the socket to fit the led into the grey button socket.

I ended up getting a wide angle (30 degrees) amber led, and a resistor.
 

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I didn't want to get another button from the dealer in the fear of it lasting another 2 years only. The LED in the factory button sits in a pushed-in socket like a ordinary bulb, the spring does not hold it in place, so I don't think it's poor contact that makes it flash, it's the led itself.
When I took apart my button, the LED died for good.

As a side note, my led is a little bit brighter than the factory one, I didn't notice it until it was all assembled, and I drove the car at night. So try your replacement LED at night with lights off before you glue the button together. Had I knew that, I may put some paint at the tip of the LED.

The LED + resister costed me $4 ... the flashing button was sooo annoying.
 

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YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO BREAK THE STARTER!

The LED is easily removed by simply pulling off the starter button itself.
The button pops off the base and presto, a nicely nested LED waiting to be plucked. That's how I got mine out.
 

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The LED is easily removed by simply pulling off the starter button itself.
The button pops off the base and presto, a nicely nested LED waiting to be plucked. That's how I got mine out.
Wait... do you have to remove the instrument panel to do that or just pop it off as is? I am not very mechanically inclined and would want to minimize the work I do on my car... mainly to avoid damaging other stuff because I know myself very well.
 

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Just wanted to say 'Thank You' to everyone that posted to this string. I had the same problem and with zero mechanical aptitude, I was able to replace the the bulb. Also, I really appreciate the fact that the part number was posted and a website for ordering. I did the same - ordered a blue LED and an amber LED just in case. I think the total was like $5.

I do want to add that while I really appreciated the pictures, I want to tell folks that you DO NOT need to break the thing open in order to get the bulb out. You unscrew a metal ring thingy and then you can just pop the top off (the engine start button that you press on). Only took me a little while to replace and just used some needle nose pliers to pluck the old LED light out once I had the top off and put the blue one in.

Looks very different at night than during the day when I did it. I really like the blue, but now have the amber just in case as a back up.
 

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Does anyone have source and part number for the proper led?
 

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superbrightleds.com

Here you go. I replaced mine with blue. Looks better than amber.

Midget Groove LED bulb

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Here's the info:

[email protected]

New Order: Monday, December 26, 2011 at 14:35:32 from UNITED STATES.

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Qty | Product / Options | Price/ea |
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1 | MG-x-WV: Midget Groove LED bulb | $ 0.99 |
MG-A-WV: Amber
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1 | MG-x-WV: Midget Groove LED bulb | $ 1.29 |
MG-B-WV: Blue
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Does anyone have source and part number for the proper led?
 

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Thanks much, Wade Sun.
 

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Ummm, sorry I didn't see this thread until parts seem to already have been broken, but you don't have to break anything to get at the light.
And I replaced mine with a green LED for - I think it was $2 shipped - I bought a few different colors so the scale lowered the each price.
I thought I'd post this in case someone does a search later and thinks they have to break stuff maybe they read this and don't. Also you can customize the color. I try not to judge, but I thought the yellow seemed out of place.
 

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Super easy to do. No need to break it open like others have said.
Does anyone have any pics of how the Start Button face comes off? :shrug:

... I've been searching and can find dozens of places where someone says "that it does" ...but none showing how it does or what it looks like.
 
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