[V8] Elegant mechanisms [WAS RE: Heater Vent Bulb Change Write Up?]

John Bysinger doog at bysinger.net
Tue May 15 13:39:36 EDT 2007

Has anyone experimented with replacing dash/instrument/switch bulbs with


On 5/15/07, urq <urq at pacbell.net> wrote:
> ... after some careful investigation I rediscovered what I had some hazy
> recollection of ... Audi *DID* intend for the bulbs that light the dash
> vent
> air controls to be replaced without much difficulty ...
> First pull out the "vent insert" closest to the open/close control on the
> dash vent.  Looking carefully at the edge of the vent opening closest to
> the
> open/close control you will see a plastic tab protruding in the lower
> corner
> of the opening.  Grab this tab with your thumb and forefinger and move it
> horizontally toward the center of the vent opening to release the latch
> and
> pull the tab out of the vent.  The tab is attached to the bulb holder!
> Replace the bulb and reinstall the holder in the vent ... so simple.  I
> was
> trying to extricate the socket from the side or back.  :-(
> I don't know which bulb is spec'ed for this use ... I found two mini wedge
> bulbs at the FLAPS ... one type 37 and one type 74.  The type 37 is
> supposed
> to put out 6 lumens and the type 74 is 9 lumens.  Comparing to the working
> vent I'd say the type 37 is what Audi uses ... GE rates the 37 for 2500
> hours and the 74 for only 1000 ... I think I'll be going with the 74 bulb
> anyway ...
> HTH!
> Steve B
> San Jose, CA (USA)
> BTW, anyone got a center vent for a V8 they're willing to part with?  :-)
> -----Original Message-----
> ... so, I find that two of the 3 dash vents are not illuminated ... pull
> the
> middle one ... seems I have to disassemble some parts which were not
> intended to be disassembled to get to the bulb.  I thought I saw a write
> up
> on how to change the bulbs ... didn't see it in the KB.  Does anyone
> remember where this procedure can be found?
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-John at bysinger.net

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