Subject: GLOW AROUND WIPER SWITCH REWORK WIPER SWITCH BEZEL
Model and Year: 1981 Corvette
Source: Chevrolet Dealer Service Bulletin
Bulletin Number: 81-I-19
Date: January 1981
SOME EARLY 1981 CORVETTES WITH SILVER, RED, OR RUST TRIM MAY EXHIBIT A GLOW AT NIGHT AROUND THE WIPER SWITCH BEZEL. IN THESE COLORS, THE BEZEL BASE MATERIAL IS "NATURAL" AND COULD BECOME TRANSLUCENT WITH LIGHTS TURNED ON. THE REMAINING BEZEL COLORS WERE PAINTED OVER A BLACK BASE MATERIAL AND ARE NOT AFFECTED.
THE "NATURAL" BASE MATERIAL WAS CANCELLED IN SEPTEMBER, 1980.
THE GLOWING CONDITION CAN BE ELIMINATED BY REPLACING THE ORIGINAL BEZEL WITH P/N 14016216, WHICH IS BLACK AND MUST BE PAINTED TO MATCH TRIM COLOR. THE BEZEL HAS A LOCKING TAB WHICH ENGAGES THE WIPER SWITCH AS ILLUSTRATED ON PAGE 2. REPLACEMENT REQUIRES SETTING THE STEERING COLUMN TO ITS LOWEST TILT POSITION, REMOVING THE SPEEDOMETER CLUSTER, AND REACHING THROUGH THE INSTRUMENT PANEL TO DISCONNECT THE BEZEL LOCKING TAB.
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Article ID: 692
Created: August 1, 2014
Last Updated: January 18, 2015
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