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THIS THREAD REFERS TO A DIY MOD TO THE SWITCH PCB BY SOLDERING LEDs

IF YOU WANT TO FIT ILLUMINATED SWITCHES USING MOPAR ITEMS FROM THE CHARGER SEE THE STICKY THREAD

http://www.caliberforumz.com/showthread.php?t=24167



With the help of George-Greece from another Caliber forum, I managed to add red LED's to all of my light switches. Look very nice if I say so myself, and not too hard to do. The lights are red, they just look orange in the first picture.



 

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With the help of George-Greece from another Caliber forum, I managed to add red LED's to all of my light switches. Look very nice if I say so myself, and not too hard to do. The lights are red, they just look orange in the first picture.



post some instructions....dont keep the info to yourself! that looks really cool
 

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I have achieved illumination! It was rather easy once I figured out what I was doing. Thank you George for showing how to do this, it really helped me along the way. I did do a couple things different. It made the job easier and there are no permenant modifications, no drilling or soldering. I am going to show what I did in addition to what George did and together this should be an almost complete writeup.

First things first. I used wired LED's 12v 3mm. I ordered them from eBay in red. They came in a 10 pack for $10 shipped. Here is a link to a similar item...

http://cgi.ebay.com/10p-12V-DC-PRE-WIRED-SUPER-BRIGHT-RED-LED-3mm-15-000mcd_W0QQitemZ120167779288QQihZ002QQcategoryZ262 07QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

you will also need a small flat head screw driver, a star tip driver (not sure the size, mine wasn't marked), and super glue.

1. To get to the window switch assembly remove the screw cover in the door handle to get to the screw.

2. Remove the screw. It is a star type screw, not sure of the size. The drill tip did not have a size on it.

3. Once the screw is removed, gently insert a small flat head screw driver in between the edge of the door insert where the switches are located and the main door cover.

4. Starting at the upper left corner, pry out gently popping the clips moving from the left to the right along the top and down the right hand side. Starting again at the upper left hand corner, being sliding down the left hand side popping the clips and continue along the bottom from left to right.

5. Gently pull the insert from the main door cover. Careful not to break any clips that may still be sttached. (there were times I thought the clips were all unclipped but they were stuck still. A little force may be necessary).

6. Once the insert is removed from the main part of the door, remove the foam tape covering the wiring harness. Remove the wire harness running to the window switch. Two Harnesses on the drivers door, one on each of the rear doors and passanger door. Simply squeeze the latch on the clip and oull out. It may take a little effort, two of mine were extremely tight.

7. Once the harnesses are removed, use a small flat head screw driver to unclip the window switch box from door insert. This can be a little tricky. It would be so much easier if we had 3 hands. The driver side has 6 clips holding it in, 3 on the outside and 3 on the inside of the insert. The other doors only have 4, 2 on the outside and 2 on the inside near the insert. While using the screwdriver to pry the clips apart, wiggle the box until you get it positioned where in won't clip back in, repeat on teh remaining clips. once they are all loosened, simply pull the box out of the holder.

8. Not that the holder is out, remove the top cover surrounding the switch by unclipping like in the previous step. Again their are 6 on the driver door switch box and 4 on the others. Once the clips are loosened, slide the cover off. The switch will remain in place.

9. Once the cover is removed, use the small flat head screwdriver to pop the switch off. This is done by gently prying from either the sides or the back. Once the switch is removed, you can see the clear switch underneath of the black top switch, this is where the light will shine through.

10. Now that the top cover and switch are removed, flip the box over and remove the white plastic cover fromthe bottom, by unclipping, just like with the switch cover.

11. Now that this is unclipped, the switch and green circuit board shold easily slide out.

12. With the Board in hand locate the positive and negative points illustrated in the photos taken by George.

This is where I hooked the lights up differntly than George.

14. Locating the + and - in the photos and flip the board over to where you are looking at the toggle switch. remember where the + and - are on the other side, cut the LED wire down to size, enough to hook up and and leave you with a little extra. I left them about 3". Once this is done, strip the ends of the wires. enought to fit through the board.

15. Now, gentle remove the toggle switch by prying up on the front and back of the switch with the small screwdriver. Be gentle.

16. Once the toggle is removed, insert the stripped area of the black wire into the - hole and the red wire into the + hole.

17. Once the wires are inserted, place the toggle switch back into in original position, ensureing the wires are place in tight and they are unable to pull away. Do not yank on them, gently pull to make sure they are set.

18. Place the tip of the led(bulb area, close to the clear part of the toggle switch, not touching. It should sit in the curved area of the base. Once it is in place secure it with a couple drops of super glue. do not get the glue anywhere but the plastic on the toggle switch base and the black taped area of the led. Make sure you do not get it on the metal area of the toggle switch.

19. Once the led is secure, place the board gently back in the holder, replace the white plastic piece on the bottom, the top part of the toggle switch, and then the top switch cover. Replace the black foam tape, reinsert the wire harness, clip the insert backl into the door, replace the screw and then the screw cover. Continue this on the other three doors.

*The driver door also has the power lock switch and window lock switch. To remove the power lock switch, simply pry the sides of the clip with the small flat head screw driver and pull up. To remove the window lock switch, pull up. On the board, there is also a small white clip on the drivers door window switch for the automatic window. Pry the side to remove.

That's it, no soldering or drilling. Now that the lights are in, wait for dark and enjoy. You may also want to check each windowas you are working on them to ensure that they are working properly before reassembly.

Any questions please feel free to ask...
 

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here are the pics for the write-up. They are numbered according to the step they go with...


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Step 11)


These next 2 pictures are not mine. I do not want to take credit for work that I did not do!

Step 12)
+ and - for passanger and rear switches

+ and - for the drivers door.
 

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I just found this out. The Euro versions of the Caliber have a predrill hole in the board right below the switch. All you have to do is widen it slightly ~0.5mm and the 3mm LED will fit in from below. On the US versions, we have no hole, so you need to work from the top like I did unless you want to drill the hole.
 

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I just found this out. The Euro versions of the Caliber have a predrill hole in the board right below the switch. All you have to do is widen it slightly ~0.5mm and the 3mm LED will fit in from below. On the US versions, we have no hole, so you need to work from the top like I did unless you want to drill the hole.
I may have to buy some switches and premake them to sell....the factory switches I found out are very very very cheap!
 

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I may have to buy some switches and premake them to sell....the factory switches I found out are very very very cheap!
That would be a good idea, especially if the switches are inexpensive.

Cool idea... if only I could decide upon a colour and find the time to do the mod...
Thx for posting.
No problem. Once you get the first on done and get a feel for it it goes by really quickly. What color is the interior of your car? I know red looks good and the blue does not look too bad from the pics I have seen.
 

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That would be a good idea, especially if the switches are inexpensive.



No problem. Once you get the first on done and get a feel for it it goes by really quickly. What color is the interior of your car? I know red looks good and the blue does not look too bad from the pics I have seen.
actually the switches that already have the lights are only $19 for drivers side, and $6 each for the other three doors. So, it would be plug and play for a whopping $37....no modifying and you get factory lighted switches. The Caliber shares the same switch panels with other DCX vehicles that have the lights.
 

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So can you get these switches at the dealership? Is there a part number and what color are the lights? Any info would be greatly appreciated wickster.
 

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So can you get these switches at the dealership? Is there a part number and what color are the lights? Any info would be greatly appreciated wickster.
i get all my factory parts from a dealer down in florida. The lights are the green color that is in the drivers window lever.

www.moparpartusa.com

click on the blue mopar logo on the upper left hand side of the webpage that says OEM Parts. Look under 2007 charger and/or magnum. I will probably be looking into this mod in the near future.
 

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i get all my factory parts from a dealer down in florida.
www.moparpartusa.com
Hey wickster, I've checked that site, and it's really great, I was looking for something like that, for a looong time :). But when I tried to order something from them I got the message, that they are only delivering within U.S. :eek:. Is there something like that outside the U.S. ?

i googled for it, but did not found anything useful...
 

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I just found this out. The Euro versions of the Caliber have a predrill hole in the board right below the switch. All you have to do is widen it slightly ~0.5mm and the 3mm LED will fit in from below. On the US versions, we have no hole, so you need to work from the top like I did unless you want to drill the hole.
Actually, I just did this mod this past weekend and our US version Caliber already had holes, I just had to make them slightly larger. We replaced ours with red as well since our Caliber is red. If we have problems with it, I guess its at least good to know we can just swap out the window switches. One question I have though is do those switches come with the new circuit that has the lights in it or is it literally just the switches?
 
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