[Biturbos4] Climate control button stuck

Long, Scott G A1C USAF AFMC 88 SFS/S4W Scott.Long2 at WPAFB.AF.MIL
Tue Apr 29 06:15:54 PDT 2008

I assume it was armor all, not 100% sure it may have been a beverage

The buttons were slippery and slimy like they had just been shined when
I bought the car.  Now that I recall, this happened the first day I
bought the car as well, but it came loose later that day. 

Scott G. Long

-----Original Message-----
From: j.koenig [mailto:koenigj at comcast.net] 
Sent: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 9:11 AM
To: Long, Scott G A1C USAF AFMC 88 SFS/S4W; biturbos4 at audifans.com
Subject: Re: [Biturbos4] Climate control button stuck

I was amazed, but I've seen this work for freeing up buttons that are
sticking because of beverages spilling out of the cupholder, etc:

1) Use a clean, coarse cloth, something like terrycloth, etc.
2) Soak the cloth with very hot water, as hot as you can stand to hold
on to (gloves?)
3) Press and hold the cloth up against the CC controls and allow the
heat and moisture to penetrate
4) Manually 'exercise' the buttons to free them, help free up the goo
5) Rinse and repeat

The idea is that the heat and moisture will disolve the offending crap,
and the now moveable stuff will wick into the fibers that are reaching
into the cracks. I was skeptical, but it worked for me, and no problems

If yours has been sprayed with Armor-All (I can't imagine why), I could
imagine that this method might not work.  Good luck!


----- Original Message -----
From: "Long, Scott G A1C USAF AFMC 88 SFS/S4W"
<Scott.Long2 at WPAFB.AF.MIL>
To: <biturbos4 at audifans.com>
Sent: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 8:57 AM
Subject: [Biturbos4] Climate control button stuck

Have any of you had a problem with your climate control head unit?  The
buttons on mine 
like to stick (so do some of the buttons on my radio).  This morning I
turned the heat on 
low because it was cold out and I pushed the vent selector and the floor
selector.  The 
floor selector button is stuck pushed in, and now it locks out all the
other buttons.  I 
can't even turn this off without pulling the fuse.  This has happened
before and it 
usually works it's way back out, but it is an annoying problem.  Since
the unit 
technically works, I don't want to spend the money to replace it.  I'd
like to clean it 
somehow if I could.  I believe the dealer sprayed armor all on it and
the liquid got in 
behind the buttons.  Some of the buttons "click" like they are sticky
when I push them 
such as the temp up and down and the fan up and down.  But the low vent
button is the only 
one that always sticks.  It's quite annoying.

Scott G. Long 

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