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Changing Heater Control Panel Bulbs
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Changing Heater Control Panel Bulbs

Introduction

Here's my heater control panel. The left hand bulb which illuminates the temperature and fan speed has blown, so I'm going to replace it. It's a really simple job, and shouldn't take any more than 10-15 mins

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What You Need

I used a chisel with some masking tape wrapped round the end to avoid damaging the heater control panel or dash. You could use something similar with an old rag, but the chisel and tape worked perfectly, and didn't do any damage!

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Removing the Heater Control Panel

Before removing the panel, I turned the temperature all the way to cold, the fan speed to 1, the air intake thing () to the fresh air setting, and the directional to the windscreen. It;s just so you know where they are when you come to refit, as they might move. You could tape them in place, but my method worked fine. I started at the top right of the control panel and worked my way round in a clockwise direction. Once you have the chisel in behind the top right corner and lever it off, the whole panel comes off reasonably easy by hand.

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Removing the Bulbs

I recommend replacing both. You will pick them up form your local components shop for not a lot of money (mines were 80p each). I don't know what type the bulbs are, but just take one in with you! The bulbs are circled in red below and the just pull out and push in:

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Here's what the bulbs look like:

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Refitting the Heater Control Panel

Just line it up, and apply an even pressure with both hands across the face of it. It should snap back into place quite easily.

All done! Go and have a beer/glass of wine
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Re: Changing Heater Control Panel Bulbs

I don't suppose you spotted the a/c bulb in there? Mines sooo dim, I have almost crashed trying to tell if the a/c is on or off- appalling design, wondered if I could up the bulb brightness or something!
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Re: Changing Heater Control Panel Bulbs

where did you get the bulbs from my car has on heater bulb out and I would love to replace this myself to save cash
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Re: Changing Heater Control Panel Bulbs

Quote Originally Posted by Turtle View Post
Introduction

Here's my heater control panel. The left hand bulb which illuminates the temperature and fan speed has blown, so I'm going to replace it. It's a really simple job, and shouldn't take any more than 10-15 mins

Attachment 94625

What You Need

I used a chisel with some masking tape wrapped round the end to avoid damaging the heater control panel or dash. You could use something similar with an old rag, but the chisel and tape worked perfectly, and didn't do any damage!

Attachment 94626

Removing the Heater Control Panel

Before removing the panel, I turned the temperature all the way to cold, the fan speed to 1, the air intake thing () to the fresh air setting, and the directional to the windscreen. It;s just so you know where they are when you come to refit, as they might move. You could tape them in place, but my method worked fine. I started at the top right of the control panel and worked my way round in a clockwise direction. Once you have the chisel in behind the top right corner and lever it off, the whole panel comes off reasonably easy by hand.

Attachment 94627

Removing the Bulbs

I recommend replacing both. You will pick them up form your local components shop for not a lot of money (mines were 80p each). I don't know what type the bulbs are, but just take one in with you! The bulbs are circled in red below and the just pull out and push in:

Attachment 94631

Here's what the bulbs look like:

Attachment 94629

Refitting the Heater Control Panel

Just line it up, and apply an even pressure with both hands across the face of it. It should snap back into place quite easily.

All done! Go and have a beer/glass of wine
Thanks
I asked the Fiat dealer how much to change these bulbs and they quoted 60.
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Re: Changing Heater Control Panel Bulbs

Just wanted to say "thanks" for this post. The same lights have gone out on mine and I wasn't sure if they'd be lighted previously or if I'd imagined them to be! Lol. Think ill just do without them rather than attempt this myself but a big thank you all the same!
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Re: Changing Heater Control Panel Bulbs

Here's a tip to go along with this post: I found the bulbs difficult to pull out, so after about 30 minutes struggling, I called on my wife to see if she could get them out. She wrapped a small piece of insulation tape around the bulb, and they pulled out really easily.
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Re: Changing Heater Control Panel Bulbs

Quote Originally Posted by Turtle View Post
Introduction

Here's my heater control panel. The left hand bulb which illuminates the temperature and fan speed has blown, so I'm going to replace it. It's a really simple job, and shouldn't take any more than 10-15 mins

Attachment 94625

What You Need

I used a chisel with some masking tape wrapped round the end to avoid damaging the heater control panel or dash. You could use something similar with an old rag, but the chisel and tape worked perfectly, and didn't do any damage!

Attachment 94626

Removing the Heater Control Panel

Before removing the panel, I turned the temperature all the way to cold, the fan speed to 1, the air intake thing () to the fresh air setting, and the directional to the windscreen. It;s just so you know where they are when you come to refit, as they might move. You could tape them in place, but my method worked fine. I started at the top right of the control panel and worked my way round in a clockwise direction. Once you have the chisel in behind the top right corner and lever it off, the whole panel comes off reasonably easy by hand.

Attachment 94627

Removing the Bulbs

I recommend replacing both. You will pick them up form your local components shop for not a lot of money (mines were 80p each). I don't know what type the bulbs are, but just take one in with you! The bulbs are circled in red below and the just pull out and push in:

Attachment 94631

Here's what the bulbs look like:

Attachment 94629

Refitting the Heater Control Panel

Just line it up, and apply an even pressure with both hands across the face of it. It should snap back into place quite easily.

All done! Go and have a beer/glass of wine





By the way, The bulb number is 2721 and can be purchased at any auto store.
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Re: Changing Heater Control Panel Bulbs

Quote Originally Posted by paul fletcher View Post
Here's a tip to go along with this post: I found the bulbs difficult to pull out, so after about 30 minutes struggling, I called on my wife to see if she could get them out. She wrapped a small piece of insulation tape around the bulb, and they pulled out really easily.
This is a great tip. I used duct tape because it's extra-sticky and the bulbs then came out straightaway.
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Re: Changing Heater Control Panel Bulbs

Quote Originally Posted by Turtle View Post
Introduction

Here's my heater control panel. The left hand bulb which illuminates the temperature and fan speed has blown, so I'm going to replace it. It's a really simple job, and shouldn't take any more than 10-15 mins

Attachment 94625

What You Need

I used a chisel with some masking tape wrapped round the end to avoid damaging the heater control panel or dash. You could use something similar with an old rag, but the chisel and tape worked perfectly, and didn't do any damage!

Attachment 94626

Removing the Heater Control Panel

Before removing the panel, I turned the temperature all the way to cold, the fan speed to 1, the air intake thing () to the fresh air setting, and the directional to the windscreen. It;s just so you know where they are when you come to refit, as they might move. You could tape them in place, but my method worked fine. I started at the top right of the control panel and worked my way round in a clockwise direction. Once you have the chisel in behind the top right corner and lever it off, the whole panel comes off reasonably easy by hand.

Attachment 94627

Removing the Bulbs

I recommend replacing both. You will pick them up form your local components shop for not a lot of money (mines were 80p each). I don't know what type the bulbs are, but just take one in with you! The bulbs are circled in red below and the just pull out and push in:

Attachment 94631

Here's what the bulbs look like:

Attachment 94629

Refitting the Heater Control Panel

Just line it up, and apply an even pressure with both hands across the face of it. It should snap back into place quite easily.

All done! Go and have a beer/glass of wine
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New to the forum and just got a Fiat 500 2010, does the lights come on simply by having the headlights on? i have noticed them come up twice, however most of the time they are not lit up? Is there a way to switch them on?
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Does this work on a 2015 model?
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Re: Changing Heater Control Panel Bulbs

whao, what a great tip, the bulb is very useful and i can't leave it been blown like that, with this your post, am 100% cofident and sure of fixing it my self without any problem.

Thanks alot.
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