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Replacing the bulbs in the heater controls
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Replacing the bulbs in the heater controls

This is a fairly easy task to complete, just be carefully of the sharp metals behind dashboard.

Tools needed:

Various Screwdrivers, Flats, posi's and Torx bits.
Ratchet bar
Pliers
The bulbs are here ....http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1505610348...9#ht_683wt_905

Right..Lets get started

1. Firstly Remove your Radio and cage, mine is an aftermarket stereo so if yours isn't, use radio keys or short screwdrivers to pull out the stereo, and unplu the connectors on the back.

2. Once that's removed, Remove the cage by unscrewing the screws and bending the tabs out of the slots ( only if its aftermarket stereo).

3. Pull the fascia off and reveal the two screws to remove the console with the warning lights, door locks, etc. Once the screws are out, just give a little pull out and place on top of dashboard.

[mod edit/ addition ] Once you get to this point there is no need to remove the front of the heater control unit risking snapping off the clips they are very fragile, simply feel down the back for the 2 wires that go to the back of the heater

(get a make up mirror and a torch and have a look turn the side lights on if half lights up you will then see it lit up in the mirror and then you will know what your looking for) pull the bulb holder out the back of the heater control unit then change the bulb [/mod edit]



4. Remove the heater control fascia by working around the clips, pulling them slowly and carefully as they can break easy. Once thats out, you can now see the bulbs in question.
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4b.I removed the small plastic frame that outlines the heater controls then removed the bulbs using pliers. Place the new bulbs in the slots and work back put everything back together.
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5. Once finished, the bulbs should light up correctly and you can have happy motoring again.Click image for larger version

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Re: Replacing the bulbs in the heater controls

Gives people a fair idea of how to do the job Andy. Thanks for the edit. I couldn't feel for the those wires hence why I took it out.
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Re: Replacing the bulbs in the heater controls

Did this yesterday in ten minutes, very useful guide - just popped a small mirror in to help me out.

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Re: Replacing the bulbs in the heater controls

When you took the control cover off, did you notice any way to change the colour of the lights from the other side? is a orange film or something over each bit? would like to change mine to blue so i might have a play about using this guide!
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When you took the control cover off, did you notice any way to change the colour of the lights from the other side? is a orange film or something over each bit? would like to change mine to blue so i might have a play about using this guide!
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Re: Replacing the bulbs in the heater controls

I had to change my heater control panel yesterday and saw those two wires, yellow and purple they are. Just give them a tug and it'll pop out easy to chage bulbs. I don't know if you can change the colour of the bulbs, the heater dials had a film on them.
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Re: Replacing the bulbs in the heater controls

Excellent guide

Took 10 mins and saved a lot of tears, only 1 bulb had blown but changed both to save myself another job.
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Re: Replacing the bulbs in the heater controls

There is no need to remove the stereo to do this job. If you remove the small trim panel from the passenger side footwell and lay on your back you can get a hand in to the back of the heater control panel. The trim panel is held in by three clips clustered together at the right hand end. Then just un-clip and pull the bulb wires and they will bring the bulb holder with them. Feed the wire forward through the slot above the cup holder and you can change the bulb. Re-fitting is reverse of removal.

The bulb type is a 286 1.2w.
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Re: Replacing the bulbs in the heater controls

Does anyone know how to do this on a Punto evo. The dash is built differently to the Grande shown
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Re: Replacing the bulbs in the heater controls

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There is no need to remove the stereo to do this job. If you remove the small trim panel from the passenger side footwell and lay on your back you can get a hand in to the back of the heater control panel. The trim panel is held in by three clips clustered together at the right hand end. Then just un-clip and pull the bulb wires and they will bring the bulb holder with them. Feed the wire forward through the slot above the cup holder and you can change the bulb. Re-fitting is reverse of removal.

The bulb type is a 286 1.2w.


Need to replace bottom right heater bulb, bought a load off eBay.
Any chance of images or photos?

Also, anyone reading this, my Hill Holder is disabled at the moment.
Don't know why.
Reverse light also sometimes doesn't come on (about 50% of the time)

Something to do with sensor? Any idea where to buy and change it???!
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Re: Replacing the bulbs in the heater controls

Can you use led bulbs in the heater control? liked these?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/10PCS-T5-2...item5d4c7404c3

also can you change the speedo lights too with led bulbs? is it the same bulb?
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