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Aczwild 01-22-2006 11:54 AM

How to change the Heater Control lights on a '95-'99 Legacy
 
Well here it is, this is how you change those worn out lights on the older Legacys. Its relatively easy and painless and wont cost you much, like it would if you had a dealer do it. At the present moment I dont have the part numbers for the bulbs, but any Subaru Parts Dept should be able to tell you/ get you them. These bulbs are Subaru Specific, you wont be able to find them at an autoparts store. There are three bulbs that I know of that are part of the control unit and one in the Hazard switch.With that said, lets begin shall we?

What you'll need:
  • Philips head screwdriver (magnetized prefreably)
  • Bulbs from Subaru Dealer
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Regular Pliers
  • A few 5/16" and 3/16" E-Type Retaining rings beacuse like me, you'll probably drop them and loose them
  • Small box to put the screws and retaining rings in
  • Cold drink of your choice
1. Disconnect the damn battery, you dont want to short anything else out, now do you?

2. Alright here we go, hop into your car and remove the cup holder as shown below. I'm sure you all know how to do this, I'm just being thorough.

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3. Next remove the two screws on where the cupholder used to be as shown below and take out the metal tray that held the cup holders

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y27...d/DSC00901.jpg

4. Now its time to get a little frisky with the car. First did you Disconnect the battery? If you didnt do it now, you dont want to short out any more lights, or anything else. Whenever you mess with anything electrical on your car you should disconnect the battery. Alright, back on track. Remove the plastic faceplate that surrounds the controls and then disconnect the hazard switch, shown below

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y27...d/DSC00890.jpg

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y27...d/DSC00891.jpg

5. Next unscrew these 4 screws to loosen the Heater Control Unit, this is where the magnetized screwdriver comes in handy, you dont want to lose these.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y27...d/DSC00892.jpg

Aczwild 01-22-2006 11:54 AM

6. You have to disconnect the heater control now from the wiring, so you have to release the following harnesses, shown below from the back of the unit

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y27...d/DSC00893.jpg

7. Now flip over the unit and remove the following E-type retaining rings. If you accidentally loose them, its ok, I told you above what the sizes were, so you'll have some replacements on hand, I lost these 3 times and had to run out to the Hardware store to get more. The cable will then be able to disconnect from the Control Unit and you can remove it from your car and go inside out of the cold to do the rest of the work.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y27...d/DSC00899.jpg

8. Now when you are inside and warm, unscrew the following two screws from the bottom of the Control Unit and remove the slider knob from the front side. The knob should just jiggle off with a little force, just dont go crazy. After the two screws are removed, undo the two clips infront of where the screws were.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y27...d/DSC00895.jpg

9. Now flip over the Unit and undo the clips. READ THIS AND HEED MY WARNING! THE BACK OF THE CONTROL UNIT WILL ONLY PULL OUT ABOUT A 1/4" DUE TO THE WIRING INSIDE THE CONTROL UNIT. BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN YOU PULL THIS OUT AND WHEN IT GETS TO ITS EXTENT, DO NOT REEF ON IT, YOU DONT WANT TO BREAK THIS!!!

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y27...d/DSC00896.jpg


Aczwild 01-22-2006 11:55 AM

10. Now we finally get to the bulbs in the unit, these bulbs only need about a 1/4 turn at most to free them from the unit. They should turn easily with your fingernail, or the tip of a flathead screwdriver, be gentile, you dont want to damage the electronics. The pic below shows you the location of the bulbs along with how much the back of the unit will separate from the front of the unit.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y27...d/DSC00898.jpg

11. Remove, replace and screw back together. You can now reconnect this to the car, you are done with the lights in the Heater control. WHEN YOU RECONNECT THE HEATER CABLE, MAKE SURE THE SLIDER IS ALL THE WAY TO THE LEFT SO THE CABLE IS IN THE RIGHT PLACE. THE CABLE SHOULD LOOK LIKE THE PICTURE IN STEP 7 BEFORE YOU PUSH THAT RETAINING RING BACK IN. To get that retaining ring back in I used a pair of regular pliers to push it back in. It needs to hold the black plasice sheath in place. Now for the Hazard switch I dont have any pictures, but I can walk you through it.

12. On the Plastic cover with the Hazard switch in it, unclip the vents and remove. Unscrew the two screws that hold the hazard switch in and take that out. The silvery heat cover is basically a sticker and can be peeled off the side of the switch to reveal the bulb, remove, replace and congrats, you're all set. Put everything back together and reconnect the battery. The lights should be all set to go.

Stay tuned, in a week or so, I'm gonna replace a couple lights in the switches on the dash (ie. the rear window heater and any others that are blown)

BDII 01-22-2006 01:24 PM

Sticky this please.


Aczwild, is you car an Auto? also how come there is no pics of you?

Aczwild 01-22-2006 01:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bu11dogg2
Sticky this please.


Aczwild, is you car an Auto? also how come there is no pics of you?

Yea the damn thing is an Auto, not by my choice though. There are no pics of me because I dont need no photochops of me :lol: and yea, please sticky this mods

miken 01-22-2006 02:25 PM

AWESOME! Thanks for that! I couldn't have asked for a clearer description of how to do it!
Mike

Aczwild 01-22-2006 02:32 PM

No prob buddy I had to figure it out myself, so I figured why not help others. Good luck

axis008 01-24-2006 08:47 PM

Stickied for you guys.

Aczwild 01-25-2006 08:49 AM

Thanks alot axis!

SLegacy99 02-18-2006 12:59 PM

Thank you

Aczwild 02-18-2006 11:01 PM

No prob it was a PITA to figure it out myself and since there were a coupla people that had asked in the past I figured it was time for a writeup. Coming up next will be the foglight/ rear defroster switches and how to change the bulbs in them and what not. And hopefully a coilover install this summer to replace my busted ass struts

jakmobile 03-15-2006 11:50 PM

ACZ, I'm not sure if my bulbs are blown. Are the little symbols(ie dude sitting or whatever) usually backlit?

Aczwild 03-16-2006 07:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jakmobile
ACZ, I'm not sure if my bulbs are blown. Are the little symbols(ie dude sitting or whatever) usually backlit?

Yup it is, that was one of the bulbs that had gone in mine, so I couldnt tell at night which button I was trying to push

Legacy GT 03-18-2006 08:20 AM

ACZ, I'm not sure if my bulbs are blown. Are the little symbols(ie dude sitting or whatever) usually backlit?

Quote:

Originally Posted by Aczwild
Yup it is, that was one of the bulbs that had gone in mine, so I couldnt tell at night which button I was trying to push


Really ? On my 97 GT it looks like there's only bulbs for the green lights and the buttons themselves look very solid, thus I didn't think they were backlit. Currently all the green bulbs light up but none of the buttons themselves are backlit. The car came like this when I bought it last fall.

Can you provide a "night shot" of what the controls look like all lit up so I can see if its worth the effort ? Thnx !

Aczwild 03-18-2006 08:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Legacy GT
ACZ, I'm not sure if my bulbs are blown. Are the little symbols(ie dude sitting or whatever) usually backlit?




Really ? On my 97 GT it looks like there's only bulbs for the green lights and the buttons themselves look very solid, thus I didn't think they were backlit. Currently all the green bulbs light up but none of the buttons themselves are backlit. The car came like this when I bought it last fall.

Can you provide a "night shot" of what the controls look like all lit up so I can see if its worth the effort ? Thnx !

Yes sir I will do that tonight

-10 for my dumb ass not taking before and after pictures (sorry)


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