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How to replace Panda heater control lights
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Before starting, you'll need a new bulb, and may need a pair of pliers and a soft cloth. There's one bulb per 'pair' of controls (left side or right side). The bulb is 12 volt, 1.2 watt, wedge-ended. To make it easier when putting things back together, turn the control knobs all the way to the left
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Re: How to replace Panda heater control lights

Thank you guys,

This is GREAT !
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Great guide. My bulbs both failed within a week of each other after just under 12 years of use. Both changed quickly with use of this guide. Took a bit of effort to remove the bulbs themselves but it gave me a reason to use my little Panda tool
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Re: How to replace Panda heater control lights

Quote Originally Posted by Wee Smurf View Post
Great guide. My bulbs both failed within a week of each other after just under 12 years of use. Both changed quickly with use of this guide. Took a bit of effort to remove the bulbs themselves but it gave me a reason to use my little Panda tool
Funny enough I noticed the NS of the back lighting in my 05 4x4 had failed the other evening. Will look to replacing soon I think.
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Re: How to replace Panda heater control lights

Here's an update for the 2012+ Panda...

Some of this still applies but with a couple of differences - don't try to pull the control knobs off - they won't. And the plastic trim is very much more firmly clipped in place.

So, see the guide but read on down here first:

Carefully (I used my finder nails) pry the bottom edge of the black trim around the controls away from the coloured dash. You won't get far, but enough to get a large, flat screwdriver into the gap to lever rather more. Wrap the screwdriver in a duster to prevent damage to the dash trim, and with a good old push to lever the black part away, it will eventually spring out, bringing the control knobs with it.

Now follow my guide, as the bulb removal and replacement is the same.

Once done (and check the new bulb works before doing this) push the trim piece back on - it will go with a reassuring 'clunk' as the various clips all go back into place.
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Re: How to replace Panda heater control lights

I had two broken bulbs.
The first one was repaced easily, but with the second one, when i pressed the new bulb in, the fitting (grey rectangular housing) came loose and is now held in place with only the wiring in the back i guess. I can't push the bulb in, cause i push back the fitting at the same time.
What to do now?
Should i disassemble the whole dash and remove the heater unit?

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Quote Originally Posted by winand View Post
I had two broken bulbs.
The first one was repaced easily, but with the second one, when i pressed the new bulb in, the fitting (grey rectangular housing) came loose and is now held in place with only the wiring in the back i guess. I can't push the bulb in, cause i push back the fitting at the same time.
What to do now?
Should i disassemble the whole dash and remove the heater unit?

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Re: How to replace Panda heater control lights

Cool!
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Thanks a lot, it took less than 5 minutes, thanks to your guide.
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Re: How to replace Panda heater control lights

Had a bulb go, and just wanted to say thank you - very clear and easy to follow guide.
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Re: How to replace Panda heater control lights

Ahead of a friend having go at sorting my 2016 car on Saturday (fingers crossed), found a pic of where the small gap for a fingernail is where the trim curves round, and roughly where the clips are. Hope makes earlier post by Herts Hillhopper a little clearer.

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