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Replacing failed bulbs on heater control panel

Remove silver surround to gearshift gaiter (prise up with screwdriver ) Remove torx screws - be prepared with a T25 screwdriver. There are several screws which hold in the plastic surround to the central console and gearstick. Take them all out. The shiny plastic covers to the dash above the heater controls can be prised off with a putty knife or wallpaper scraper . There a number of snap-fit lugs which can (and in one case did) break. The top retaining screws of the surround are then visible . Remove these.
The fascia of the heater control panel is held in place by six lugs. Snap undone the lower three - use a flat thin screwdriver and it helps to stand on your head to see these. Once loosened its easy to lift up the panel and snap the top lugs free. The control knobs are on pretty tight but with a bit of a tug they come off . They replace the right way easily as there is only one way they go on.The innerds of the panel are now accessible . There is a transparent plastic piece visible which acts as a series of prisms to direct the lighting and which breaks easily but can be repaired if necessary. The two bulbs are visible at the top of the panel . After replacing them test before reassembly. Reassemble is simply the reverse of dismantling. Takes about 20 minutes if all goes well.
NB. Take care to push the control knobs well home before snapping back the front cover otherwise the knobs wont rotate very well.
I managed to break a couple of plastic lugs but it still all holds together . I lost one screw down in the centre console and when trying to fish it out with a magnetic probe I lost the end of that too!
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Old 17-03-2014   #1
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Re: Replacing failed bulbs on heater control panel

Sorry, silly question

Can I get step by step photos? I'm new and can't get the cover off, when I tried earlier

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Re: Replacing failed bulbs on heater control panel

The only way I can post photos for this is to do it again !
Not on, until absolutely necessary - sorry.
Which bit can you not get off ?
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Re: Replacing failed bulbs on heater control panel

Step by step in pictures.. manual heater section lights.



Step1. Open with plastic screwdriver or plastic gap opener


Step2. Put gear in 4 and unscrew this with the torx



Step3. Put in 3th gear and unscrew next



Step4. (Be careful, don't break the plastic. You can't take this part out.) Open the plastic under the radio with plastic srewdriver or gap opener



Step 5. Take out the plastic under the one you opened in "Step4"


Step 6. Now you see another two screws holding the carbonfiberlook border-thing, take them out




Step 7. Take the carbonlook border out and make room



Step 8. Now unscrew the lighter box and make room for the heater section



Step 9. The front of the heater section is clipped. Be careful not to break the clips while removing the front. The easiest is to clip off the lower clips because there is no room at the top clips



Step 10. Now the front is of, pull out the three knobs


Step 11. The last screw and take out the light conductive plastic there are you're two heater lights and replace them both
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Re: Replacing failed bulbs on heater control panel

Followed this guide earlier on to change mine, very well written and good pictures. One suggestion, remove the gear stick gaiter (held on by Velcro)
And remove the whole thing and dash surrounded. Made things easier and gave it a good clean! Human slime everywhere
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Re: Replacing failed bulbs on heater control panel

Great looking guide - does anyone have the part number or even a link to the bulbs required? Many thanks!
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Re: Replacing failed bulbs on heater control panel

Hi. I think i am screwing this up...i am trying to follow this guide but the plastic under the step 4 is hard to take out. any hint?
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Re: Replacing failed bulbs on heater control panel

That part doesn't come out, the part under that one is! The upper part only tilts forward and the plastic under that wil fold inside and can removed.
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Hello, would step 1 be the same if the gearbox is dualogic not manual? Thanks
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Re: Replacing failed bulbs on heater control panel

Anyone know what bulbs they are? One of mine appears to have gone.
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Re: Replacing failed bulbs on heater control panel

Quote Originally Posted by Piemanpm View Post
Anyone know what bulbs they are? One of mine appears to have gone.
First of all - thanks for this excellent guide. Really helpful!
Both of mine had gone. I replaced both of them today. I think these are called "286 - 12v 1.2w"? b

However; it was really fiddly to remove the shiny plastic cover in step 5.
I cant seem to get this cover in place again? the tilted cover above (as shown in step 4) is in the way. Is there any way to remove it?

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Quote Originally Posted by medlook View Post
Hello, would step 1 be the same if the gearbox is dualogic not manual? Thanks
Yes, it is same. Just did it on mine. One thing... You have to remove gearshift knob. To take it down, rotate the shiny chrome ring at the bottom of the gear stick, and just pull the stick up.
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