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help with A/C unit lights

both of the bulbs in the A/C unit have blown and i was wondering if its a quick change or is it a sealed unit that needs changing??

my car is a series 1 '08' reg
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Re: help with A/C unit lights

You can get to it by removing the radio and reaching down the back. A small mirror helps so you can see what you are doing. Alternatively you can take bits of trim off but going through the radio area is quickest if you have nimble hands.
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Re: help with A/C unit lights

wear thick long sleeved sweatshirt, Italians dont know what a de-burring tool is
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Re: help with A/C unit lights

i no about the deburring bit cut my fingers when taking the cage out before
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Re: help with A/C unit lights

you got off lightly then
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wear thick long sleeved sweatshirt, Italians dont know what a de-burring tool is

why didn't you tell me before


im lucky i invested in a camera on a fly lead

if you pop the side trim off ((look in the GP guides section for cabin filter replacement)

now you can get in

have all your bulbs gone or just one ((IIRC there are 2 in total))

if its only one turn the sidelights on you should see a bright and a dim glow up the back...

the dim glow is the back of the blown bulb holder

pull it out

remove and replace bulb.

then push back in....

(sounds easy took me about 30 mins of swearing to get it in )


the bulb you want looks like this (the one on the left is what you want the right one is a 501 sidelight bulb to give some scale)

https://www.fiatforum.com/attachment...2&d=1226511953

https://www.fiatforum.com/attachment...1&d=1226510873
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Re: help with A/C unit lights

i have just done it i removed the cd player and cage and reached around and i found out they were on the end of the yellow and purple cables just pulled them then replaced tested before putting them back to ensure they worked

both had gone should have replaced it when only one had gone would have been alot easier to find where they went

FYI - they are 286 bulbs from halfords. 12v, 1.2W
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Re: help with A/C unit lights

Thanks for the info regarding the bulbs, I will have to get some of these next time I pop into Halfords.

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Thanks for the info regarding the bulbs, I will have to get some of these next time I pop into Halfords.

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try your local motorfactors they must be cheaper than halfrauds
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Yeah unfortunately we haven't got many independent places round here Thanks for the advice though!

I've managed to replace the bulb that had blown but now I've tried them again and the one that was working is now blown lol, has anyone else experienced this problem?

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Yeah unfortunately we haven't got many independent places round here Thanks for the advice though!

I've managed to replace the bulb that had blown but now I've tried them again and the one that was working is now blown lol, has anyone else experienced this problem?

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usually when one bulb blows the other isn't far behind (in terms of life)
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I guess I must have been unlucky then. At least I know where they are located now and how to replace them lol!

The positive is that I've managed to install a cable to connect my iPod up now
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