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Old 11-28-2012, 04:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Trip button doesn't work

The 29,000 mile insight I bought from Arizona came with a non-working trip button. Not even the dealer could make it work (to reset the maintenance light). How difficult would it be to fix it? What I can't figure out is: How do you break a button in so few miles? The first owner must have been abusive.
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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And you have it on the A or B odometer setting, right? You did cycle the FCD button, right? Hmmmmmmm?
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Mine is doing the same,,, I got mine to work by pessing it in and trying to move it around a little. I suspect the contacts on the board are ozidized and took a little work to make them work. Keep pushing and moving it finger is just grtting over it!!!! Probablly could pull the dash apart and clean them up nd make sure the back of the button is hitting in the correct spot.
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:11 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The button mechanism wears out over time.
Has more difficulty in the cold.
You can buy a new switch and have it installed ... or make do with the FCD button as a trip meter.

The trip and km/mi buttons on the right are both part of the same part ... this is the same part in the dash as the opposite left side two buttons for dash.

And I once took mine from the left side to replace the trip meter one on the right side ... eventually it too wore out and now I just use the FCD.

Most of the replacement is the labor involved in access to it.

In the combination meter section ... the right and left side buttons are #10 and #11 .. 78147-S3Y-003 ... and 78148-S3Y-A01 ... although they are interchangeable with each other ... The part itself is ~$30 ... but labor to get to it is a pain in the ass.

If it is not the Switch chip itself ... the other remaining option is that there is a issue of some kind in the main display panel ... which is much more expensive.

But my bet is on a bad switch ... especially if after all these years you haven't changed yours yet.
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:50 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Here's a tutorial on replacing the buttons:
Long writeup of trip button repair

Also, you can use any cheapo tact switch, if you like. Clicky tact switches last far longer than the "mushy" ones, but don't feel as nice.

If you want the mushy ones, you need to find these, but in 4 pins. I used to know what they were called, but I can't find them any more.

Edit: Oh, I forgot! I have a bag full of the mushy ones. I'll send you five for the cost of postage, if you want them.
Edit2: Ah, you're in Irvine! I could drive them to you. My office is in Irvine.

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