[Biturbos4] Climate control button stuck

Mark R speedracer.mark at gmail.com
Tue Apr 29 10:22:30 PDT 2008

I use a plastic-safe electronics cleaner (still can discolor the plastic),
some compressed air, and wipe clean with some warm water on a rag.  Worked
every time for me.

Mark Rosenkrantz

On Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 9:15 AM, Long, Scott G A1C USAF AFMC 88 SFS/S4W <
Scott.Long2 at wpafb.af.mil> wrote:

> I assume it was armor all, not 100% sure it may have been a beverage
> though.
> 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
> since.
> If yours has been sprayed with Armor-All (I can't imagine why), I could
> imagine that this method might not work.  Good luck!
> John
> ----- 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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