United Bimmer Do-It-Yourself Disclaimer:
The following tutorial is meant as a guide and is not
guaranteed to be complete or 100% accurate. By following this DIY, you
understand any work done on your car is at your own risk and we hold no
responsibility if you break something. If you feel uneasy with this
risk, we recommend you take your car to a professional mechanic to have the
work done. Otherwise, enjoy yourself and good luck!
I just replaced the backlight bulb on my climate control, and
thought I'd share . . I've gotten into the habit of having a camera around
all the time. This applies to the older E36 analog units. The replacement
bulb is a 1.2watt Sylvania #2721, or an equivalent of another brand. You'll
also need a pair of pliers, electrical tape, and a Phillips screwdriver.
First, pull all four knobs off. Notice the electrical tape on the right side
knob- it increases your grip if you're having a hard time removing them.
Remove the 2 screws shown in next photo.
Grab the top corners as shown with your thumb & forefinger, and ease them
out. As you do this, you'll hear the face panel snapping out, because it's
still held in by the button assemblies.
Wrap the jaw tips of your pliers with electrical tape to grip the bulb, and
pull it straight out.
After you replace the bulb, snap the face panel back in by grabbing the knob
shafts while pushing the panel in. If it doesn't go in all the way, don't
freak- replacing the 2 screws will draw the panel further into the correct
position against the unit.
Push your knobs back in, and enjoy your newly visible in the dark climate