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How to replace Panda heater control lights
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How to replace Panda heater control lights

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 /anticlockwise. (Hint: You can click the photos to see larger versions)
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To remove the panel, pull the smaller of the two knobs out from the dash. (Either the fan speed on the left side, or the 'recirculate' knob on the right). The fan knob can be hard to take out. If necessary, grip it with some pliers, protecting the plastic with a soft cloth.
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Note that the recirculation control comes away with an orange piece of plastic attached, but that the fan knob may leave this behind. If it does, it is best to remove the loose orange part from the fan control to avoid knocking it out by accident later...
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Next, pull hard on the larger knob (temperature or direction control). While pulling with one hand, prise the bezel away using the finger nails of the other hand. (Use both hands at the same time -- I needed one to press the camera button here). Remove the bezel completely.
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The bulb can now be seen, between the two controls. Very gently pull it straight out using fine nosed pliers - do not try to twist the bulb, its a straight push-fit. Again, a cloth may help here if the bulb is stuck.
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Carefully push the new bulb into the holder by hand. At this stage, its a good idea to turn the lights on to check it works (remember you'll need to turn the ignition on)
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Now press the bezel back into place, making sure the controls are still set to the left. If you removed the orange part from the fan control, push it back now. (Photo repeated to show how it goes)
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Push the control knobs back until they click, and job's done!
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Re: How to replace Panda heater control lights

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Thanks for the guide managed to change both bulbs myself. The bulbs were tricky to get out but once done was easy to put back together again. Not bad for a girl.
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Great guide, been thinking of attempting to change these bulbs for a while but wasn't sure how it came apart
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Re: How to replace Panda heater control lights

Just to add the bulbs are the R286 or 286 and are 5mm diameter, 12v, 1.2w.
They cost around 2 for 10 on a certain Internet auction site.
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Great guide, i asked a question then found this, no problems with doing it tonight..cheers
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Re: How to replace Panda heater control lights

I had to do this on my 500 a while back, but it's pretty much the same procedure. The only recommendation I'd make is in relation to removing the bulb. Rather than trying to grip the tiny glass bulb in a pair of pliers and risking breaking it, leaving a hard to remove, sharp piece of broken glass in the bulb holder, I used a little piece of gaffer tape, folded and stick over the top of the bulb, to make a little tab which I then used to pull the bulb out easily.
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Re: How to replace Panda heater control lights

Quote Originally Posted by Herts Hillhopper View Post
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 /anticlockwise. (Hint: You can click the photos to see larger versions)
Attachment 101698 Attachment 101699

To remove the panel, pull the smaller of the two knobs out from the dash. (Either the fan speed on the left side, or the 'recirculate' knob on the right). The fan knob can be hard to take out. If necessary, grip it with some pliers, protecting the plastic with a soft cloth.
Attachment 101700 Attachment 101701 Attachment 101702

Note that the recirculation control comes away with an orange piece of plastic attached, but that the fan knob may leave this behind. If it does, it is best to remove the loose orange part from the fan control to avoid knocking it out by accident later...
Attachment 101703 Attachment 101704 Attachment 101705

Next, pull hard on the larger knob (temperature or direction control). While pulling with one hand, prise the bezel away using the finger nails of the other hand. (Use both hands at the same time -- I needed one to press the camera button here). Remove the bezel completely.
Attachment 101706 Attachment 101707 Attachment 101708

The bulb can now be seen, between the two controls. Very gently pull it straight out using fine nosed pliers - do not try to twist the bulb, its a straight push-fit. Again, a cloth may help here if the bulb is stuck.
Attachment 101709 Attachment 101698

Carefully push the new bulb into the holder by hand. At this stage, its a good idea to turn the lights on to check it works (remember you'll need to turn the ignition on)
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Now press the bezel back into place, making sure the controls are still set to the left. If you removed the orange part from the fan control, push it back now. (Photo repeated to show how it goes)
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Push the control knobs back until they click, and job's done!
Hi I My 2011 Panda Dashboard lights behind the heater controls come on and off, I accessed the bulbs using this guide ( very useful thanks ) but even though the bulbs are good they will not always come if i tap the side of the panel they come on indicating a loose connection, my question is how do I access behind the bulb holders so as to check the connections.
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Re: How to replace Panda heater control lights

Thanks - really useful guide - I chaged both bulbs in under 10 mins. I can onfirm that it's just as easy for cars equipped with air-con too!

Here is a linky to the ebay listing for these bulbs (10 bulbs for 2.49 inc P&P).

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1408003590...84.m1497.l2649
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Re: How to replace Panda heater control lights

Great guide, just changed mine as half the heater controls would not illuminate. Took less than 5 minutes. Many thanks
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Re: How to replace Panda heater control lights

these are t5 bulbs
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Re: How to replace Panda heater control lights

Quote Originally Posted by staffordmike View Post
I had to do this on my 500 a while back, but it's pretty much the same procedure. The only recommendation I'd make is in relation to removing the bulb. Rather than trying to grip the tiny glass bulb in a pair of pliers and risking breaking it, leaving a hard to remove, sharp piece of broken glass in the bulb holder, I used a little piece of gaffer tape, folded and stick over the top of the bulb, to make a little tab which I then used to pull the bulb out easily.
sounds good..!!,

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NEVER changed a Bulb ( or fuse) in our panda - 10 years and 80K miles now..,
"Italian Electrics" eh..!!

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Re: How to replace Panda heater control lights

Thanks for the guide!

Unfortunately the bulb holder seems to be made of ear wax on mine as the clips fell to bits when I was inserting the new bulb (no not with a hammer honest!). All ok and working now though.

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Re: How to replace Panda heater control lights

Brill guide! just done mine too thanks.

If you search for T5 wedge youll get loads of hits...

Same bulbs as used in newer fruit machines.

not sure if the led type replacementswould be too focused for the job.
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Re: How to replace Panda heater control lights

Excellent guide, got to the bulb really easily, only to find that the bulb was ok, and there was a loose connection.

Does anyone know how to get to the connection to fix it?

Also, what does the orange part do in the controls? The one on the control for the air flow direction has come off, and when I try and put the controls back together with it in the knob won't turn fully. The control seems to be working ok without it......
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