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2005 Honda Pilot: lights behind climate control are out - cant see

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2005 Honda Pilot - lights behind climate control are out - can't see at night.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Honda
Expert:  John G. replied 8 years ago.
Hi, I can help with this. The climate control unit does have tiny replaceable bulbs. Do you need directions to replace them yourself, or just info on the subject.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Directions would be great if the bulbs are readily available. If not, information would be great. Thanks!
Expert:  John G. replied 8 years ago.
  • Use the appropriate tool from the KTC trim tool set to avoid damage when prying components.

  • Take care not to scratch the dashboard and related parts.

  1. On the passenger's side, use a flat-tip screwdriver to pry out the switch lid (A) at the notch (B), and remove the lid.

  2. Gently pull out the dashboard center panel (C) by grasping inside the switch lid hole to detach the clips (D, E).

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  4. On the driver's side, gently pull out on the panel (A) to detach the side clips, then remove the panel.


    1. Disconnect the hazard warning switch connector (A) and VTM-4 lock switch connector (B).

    2. Install the panel in the reverse order of removal, and note these items:

      • Make sure each connector is plugged in properly.

      • Replace any damaged clips.

      • Push the clips into place securely.

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    4. Remove the screws, and remove the climate control unit (A) with the brackets from the dashboard, then disconnect the connectors (B).

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