FIAT BULBS

FIAT 500 CHANGING HEATER CONTROL PANELS BULBS


Changing Heater Control Panel Bulbs

The left hand bulb which illuminates the temperature and fan speed has blown, so I'm going to replace it. It's a really simple job, and shouldn't take any more than 15-25 mins.


What You Need

I used a chisel with some masking tape wrapped round the end to avoid damaging the heater control panel or dash. You could use something similar with an old rag, but the chisel and tape worked perfectly, and didn't do any damage!



Removing the Heater Control Panel

Before removing the panel, I turned the temperature all the way to cold, the fan speed to 1, the air intake thing to the fresh air setting, and the directional to the windscreen. It;s just so you know where they are when you come to refit, as they might move. You could tape them in place, but my method worked fine. I started at the top right of the control panel and worked my way round in a clockwise direction. Once you have the chisel in behind the top right corner and lever it off, the whole panel comes off reasonably easy by hand.




Removing the Bulbs

I recommend replacing both. You will pick them up form your local components shop for not a lot of money (mines were 80p each). I don't know what type the bulbs are, but just take one in with you! The bulbs are circled in red below and the just pull out and push in:



Here's what the bulbs look like:




Refitting the Heater Control Panel

Just line it up, and apply an even pressure with both hands across the face of it. It should snap back into place quite easily.









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Rear Light Bulb Change FIAT DOBLO

Below is an outline to the steps needed to remove the light cluster, however not all the tools you need are included in the toolbag stored under the rear seats or behind the drivers seat on the van versions... All will be come clear below:

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Slide the speaker cover out - DO NOT try to pull it up or pull the edges you will break the clip - the whole unit should clip out together.

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Use the wheel brace to SLACKEN the nut holding the light cluster in - DO NOT remove it all the way with the brace.

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Now use the small grey plastic tool in your toolbag to undo the nut all the way - this is used so that the nut won't fall down in the cavity never to be seen again.

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This is where the problems start - DO NOT use the supplied screwdriver in the tool-bag as you will just round off the bolts - as shown above...

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You need to use a 10mm socket/spanner or use a larger posi screwdriver which you really should keep in your tool-bag should you need to change a bulb.

Now the unit will slide out, just disconnect the wiring plug, undo the 4 screws and carefully remove the plastic cover - not to damage the rubber seal - to reveal the light-bulbs! When putting it back together it's worth soaking the screws and bolts (except the interior one) in WD40 as a rustproofing/waterproofing method to make them easier to take out next time!




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FIAT GRANDE PUNTO TAIL LIGHT BULB REPLACE


The process can be broken down into a few simple steps - each of which I will expand on.

  • Notice the bulb is out and obtain correct replacement (see manual)
  • Remove covers
  • Replace bulb
  • Replace covers and refit to car
Step 1 - Notice the bulb is out and obtain correct replacement (see manual)

Personally I recommend checking the manual as it has a simple table for determining the correct replacement bulb type. This guide is based around the middle of the 3 - the tail light. A quick check of the manual and the Halfords in-store guide suggests a bayonet 5W bulb (Halfords 207S).

Step 2 - Remove covers
Open the tail gate and you will see 2 screws at the top and bottom of the lens cover (A in the manual).

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Undo these screws and keep them safe. Now comes the but I got stuck at! You need to give the cover a strong tug to loosen it. Don't pull too hard though as you only want to remove it enough to reach round and undo the connector. Undo the connector (press the plastic tab and pull gently). The whole light unit should now be separated from the car.

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Now remove the two screws located on the back of the light unit (E in the manual) and keep them safe.

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I found it was best to take the unit inside to be sure nothing gets lost or wet. You can then pull out the part which holds the bulbs.

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Step 3 - Replace bulb
This really is just a smaller version of the bulbs in your house. Push down slightly and turn anti clockwise to remove the bulb. If the bulb filament is not broken then you may find the problem is elsewhere - such as a fuse.
Double check your replacement bulb is of the same type and put it in the holder. Push in and turn clockwise to secure.

Step 4 - Replace covers
This is just the reverse of what you have done so far. Remember to reconnect the wired connector before putting the whole light unit in place! Position the unit in place so the plastic clips slot into the wholes in the unit (the look like pawn chess pieces - thanks LeePunto1.9 ). Put the last 2 screws in place and test.



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                                          FIAT PALIO HOW TO CHANGE DASH LEDS
 

Tools:
Well you have to excuse me on this one because I don't know the names of all the tools in English so the ones I don't know I will replace with a picture for that tool.

1- A Multimeter
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Steps:

1- There are two screws at the top which you will remove with tool number2.

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2- There is a plastic piece that you will need to remove, its easy but just take it out gently so as not to scratch anything like I did. (light blue arrows pointing to the scratches).

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3- Now remove those 2 lower screws to free the dash from its place.

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4- Now there is a plug behind the dash so unplug that and take out the dash from its place but it’s really tight so also take care from scratching anything.

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5- You sure remove that white plastic cover and this is what you will find. So you have to bend those little metal pieces pointed with blue arrows to allow the circuit's cover to come off and then just pull those plastic pieces to the back and take the cover off but gentle not to break them.

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6- Trying to pull the cover won't work because there are still those 4 pointers for the gauges which can be easily pulled out.

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7- Now you will have a plain circuit board just like this one here

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Then what I did was plug it back in just as a circuit and measured the voltages and currents of the LEDs with the Multimeter. While measuring make sure the Multimeter wires (or whatever they are called in English) is not touching anything else since these are SMT LEDs which are only found in newer cars but the older cars have normal LEDs so no need to worry about it if you have an older car.

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8- Finally after taking your measurements you go and order the number of LEDs you need to replace with the color you want and then you de-solder the old LED out and replace it with the newer one and enjoy the new look of the dash.

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                            FIAT PANDA REPLACE 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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