I had a vehicle where the gear shift panel light went out, I went to the dealer to see about getting it fixed, and it would have cost over $100.00 because of the work of taking the panel out to get to the light, (not worth the money!).
I didn't keep the vehicle long enough to try anything else. the only thing I could think of short of taking the panel apart yourself is getting some glow-in-the-dark adhesive to put there to give you some light when it's dark.
Good luck and happy driving
〉 Answered on May 1st, 2012 by Colleen McGee, Driving Instructor at Americas Driving School
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To address your concern, typically if you have steering wheel and door functions that no longer illuminate, your bulbs are blown. These bulbs may be soldered to a circuit board located under the buttons. If you are not comfortable with removing the bulb and re-soldering yourself, I recommend that you have a professional replace your bulb/s.
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A. J. Valle