A lot of people seem to struggle with removing the stereo/center console fascia and replacing it with the heater/blower direction switch working correctly, so i thought I'd do a guide to hopefully help people.
Fascia Panel Removal
There is 2 panels that need to be removed to access the stereo the first being the fascia underneath the steering column. There is 5 screws that need to be removed to remove this first panel, 3 along the bottom and 2 behind the OBM port flap-see pictures below (screws hilighted):
There is also a clip that holds this fascia in place once you have removed the 5 screws the panel leterally just pulls towards you to remove the panel.
This then gives you access to the 8 screws which need to be removed to take the center console panel off. You will need to open the glove box and may find it easier to squeeze the inner tray together and fully drop the glove box down to give you better access.
There are 2 screws when you open the glove box:
2 screws along the bottom:
2 screws behind the the first panel you removed:
And 2 screws behind the window heater switch.
To remove the window heater switch use and electricians screwdriver to just lever the switch out:
There is then a plug that needs to be removed just pushing the clip at the bottom and pulling to fully remove the switch.
You now have access to the 2 screws located behind.
Once you have removed the screws, again there is a few clips holding the panel in place. Pull at the the panel and it will just pop off but BE CAREFUL as the clips at the top are terrible for scratching you stereo or anything they even slightly rub against. You need to remove the 2 clips plugged into the heater control unit to fully remove the panel again there is a small lever at the bottom of each plug that need to be pushed before you can pull the plugs out.
Then unhook the siver heater temperature control cable and pull out the heater position plug.
The stereo is the easiest bit of this job to do. There is literally just 4 screws that hold the stereo in place and then the plugs at the back of it. " screws at the top and 2 at the bottom and this doesn't matter whether its the double single or custom stereo that is in position.
There is no two ways about this, this is one pig of a job but be patient and stick with it and you will get it. Once you've done it once you'll find it a lot easier to do if you ever need to do it again in future.
The first thing to do is line the fascia panel up roughly into position hanging loose and plug you heater controls back in.
Next you need to reattach the temperature control wire into position simply pushing it into place its fairly obvious when you see it how it goes into position see picture for reference.
Now is by far the hardest bit of the job but once you know how to do it it's not actually to bad. To refit the heater control plug what you need to do is push the fascia as close into position as you can while still being able to get your hand down the back of it.
The plug pushes into the bit you can see the arrow pointing at in the following picture:
Note that there is only one way this plug will push in and you will need to line the flat section of the plug up with where the flat section inside the plug is. When you push the plug into position it feels like it pops out of position at the other end. This IS normal just make sure it is plugged in at the front and that you haven't knocked the temperature control cable loose again. When you push the fascia fully back into position this re-engages the plug at the rear of the steering column. Push the fascia into the clips that hold it in at the top and at this point i would turn on your ignition and turn your fan to speed setting 3, then test your heater position switch and make sure when you switch it through the various positions everythings blowing air where it should be in correspondance with the switch. Leave the fan going for a few minutes and test the hot and cold settings making sure that its blowing hot when it should be and cold when it should be. Leave a minute or so when you've changed the temperature as it doesn't change straight away.
When your happy simply replace the 8 screws being careful with the ones behind the window heater switch as they are very easy to drop.
All you need to do now is push the fascia under the steering column into its clip and screw this into position also.
Ive done this guide mainly on how to remove the center console panel and replace it as i has to be done for various things. If you have any problems feel free to messege me.
Thanks for taking the time to read my guide.
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