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How to remove climate control unit switches/facia?

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    [Sep 17, 2010]
    Hi, can someone help on how to remove the climate control unit? I've removed the radio but can't see any obvious clips or screws for it. I want to get to the back of the unit, thanks.
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    it just pulls out, but if it's at the bottom, then if am remembering correctly you have to take the side handles off, an there 2 screws under gearbox cover as well to get the handles off... then just pulls out.
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    Thanks, my car has the standard single DIN radio so the climate is in the "middle", so it lerally just pulls out!? Where's best to pull as I did try it a little but didn't want to break anything (this was with the radio out).
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    pul solidly from the bottom and the top it will come out same procedure for both double and single din
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    Problem with just yanking them out is the clips can ping of & get lost in the center console, I strongly advise not doing this as its a strong possibility whole console out if this happens as could have a constant rattle from the clip whilst driving.

    The spring clips need to be depressed slightly to remove climate easily, once 1-2 are loose the other 2 dont need touching as they are made loose by the lack of pressure on the other 2/unit fixing, get torch in there & have a poke about.
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    never had that happen but then i usually yank the bottom and ease the top out with plastic spreaders
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    I have & believe me its a big ball breaker when it does, I mean massive, found 1 hidden under the airbag controller, but of course cant get to this without the whole center console coming out.
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    center console still isnt that bad a strip though but i must admit id be pissed if it happened to me ;)
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    Depends whose doing it huh Phil lmfao
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    I guess I too have been lucky!
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    [Sep 18, 2010]
    i had one go ping when i fitted my hands free kit in my car now its rattling its tits off behind the radio somewhere i'll pull it apart sometime its doing me head in so i can strongly recommend doing as nhn says
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    I rest my case lmfao, thats a bitch to find aswell, double sided sticky tape helps on end of a coat hanger.
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    oh yeah it seams that way lol, i'll give it a crack tommorow sometime
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    haha guess ive been lucky guys as ive taken units in and out 20+ times now with no problem
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    Thats cause all your spring clips are now in the footwell lmfao
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    haha its been on other cars, and they were always still in place its my magic hands ;) though the missus probably has some witty retort to that
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    [Sep 19, 2010]
    Well it came out with a bit of a harder but controll pull! Thanks. It felt to me that the top unclipped and then it kind of came out and unhooked from the bottom.
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    Does this read as though we're on a car site or what lmfao
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    ;) haha nige weve gotta liven up a sunday somehow
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    Did it again today and it was much easier coming out this time hehe
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    I hear swarfega would make it easier with a slight bit of roughness lmfao
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    aww thats just wrong mate, on the other hand i hear barrier cream can help deal with friction burns ;)
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    lmfao, bit like philadelphia, wrong but so right lol
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    [Sep 20, 2010]
    :uhm:
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    this thread went downhill very quickly, without the usual crew too
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    whats that say about us then Phil lmfao
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    oh shi lol too truemate too true. need a holiday!
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