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Allyn132
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 6:30 am    Post subject: Dash knobs - how to remove Reply with quote

Just finished removing my dash pad but cannot figure out how to remove the vent knobs, wiper knob... basically all of them. I had to cut through the dash pad material to remove it, but the knobs are still there - don't want to destroy them, just remove them - any help?
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 6:42 am    Post subject: Re: Dash knobs - how to remove Reply with quote

Allyn132 wrote:
Just finished removing my dash pad but cannot figure out how to remove the vent knobs, wiper knob... basically all of them. I had to cut through the dash pad material to remove it, but the knobs are still there - don't want to destroy them, just remove them - any help?
Thanks... Allyn


You didn't HAVE to cut the pad to remove it ... you CHOSE to cut the pad to remove it. Most of the knobs unscrew. The air vent knobs pull off.
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You need an escutcheon tool to actually remove the switch from the dash, a quick search will find you more info. The knobs just screw off. No need to hack up the dashboard pad, though replacements are available.
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 10:33 am    Post subject: Thanks! Reply with quote

I deserved the "you idiot" reply. However the dash was literally crumbling so I had already ordered the replacement from Wolfsburg.

OK - screw off or pull off + the "E" tool... thanks!
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think some of them screw off counter clockwise --
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, wipers, headlight and hazard unscrew ccw and the 2 vent knobs just pull straight off.

If the headlight switch is old and worn it may just spin and spin so disconnect the battery pull the knob right out so you can stop the spindle turning with needle nose pliers.


You don't need the tool to remove the switch collars though, it helps but needle nose pliers in the 2 slots has never failed me yet.
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think circlip pliers will do the trick as well. Those suckers can get stuck pretty good though.
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

just use small needle nose pliers to get the metal rings off, no need to buy a tool unless you plan on doing it multiple times.
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