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Replace lighting behind the heater controls

I removed the 3 knobs; and screws behind 2 of the knobs. But it didn't seem loose. I tried to pry (carefully) but it didn't want to budge. I was afraid something was going to break.

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  • buddy1988 Dec 20, 2008

    "The trim comes off in one piece (held by clips)." ... I've pried around the edges of the trim ... a little. But, was afraid something was going to break. Is there a certain way to pry? ... or location?

  • buddy1988 Dec 20, 2008

    Got it off ! There appears to be only 1 tiny light bulb that is in a housing above the ash tray; and it appears to give light down towards the ashtray. I can't find another one.

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Yeah , something would have broke for real had you pried it any more.
There is a bulb just below the control panel that lights the panel up... and more screws to remove to access it. The ones behind the knobs need to be replaced ( they hold the switches to the face plate), and you need to unscrew the ones behind the trim and above the ash tray.
The trim comes off in one piece (held by clips).

Posted on Nov 22, 2008

  • ZappaNut
    ZappaNut Dec 20, 2008

    there should be a clear plastic prizm that dirrects the light to behind the switches and controls.... at the edge of that plastic prizm is a bulb...

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