Heater Dials by VW Parts and Accessories
Follow these instructions carefully and ensure you read fully before installing to avoid any damage. The instrument panel can be delicate so we advise taking your time!
Do not force the original dials off the panel. If they do not come off easily we advise you not to make the modification Easily means by hand with no more than gentle force. The original dials should pop off easily. If you pull hard or force them off you will break the mechanism inside. They will not come off unless they are set at 12 o’clock.
Pop them back to us and we will refund in full.
Preparing the Aluminium Dials (Heater Dials only)
Use a hacksaw or a junior hacksaw to remove the stalks from the back of the dials. You will need to remove the stalk to level with the back of the dial. See photos below.
Preparing the Adapters
Step 1. Turn the dials to 12 o’clock and the FAN SPEED to No. 2 (12 o’clock). This will align the notch on the rear of the mechanism but again, do not force the dials off if they are stiff or stuck!
Step 2. Take the two (large) adapters. The adapter on the left fits in the temperature dial, the middle adapter goes in the right dial & slowly slide the adapters into the mechanism until you feel some resistance, until they fit snugly into the panel. Take the centre adapter, do not push it into the panel ! These are rectangular not square so ensure it is placed correctly. We have designed two notches to show 12 & 6 o’clock. You may need to rub this adapter with a small piece of glasspaper to ensure a perfect fit. Due to the print size they can vary in tolerance during manufacture up to +0.30mm so slide it in slowly and do not force it in. When it is placed inside the black stalk, turn one click to the left to fan speed 1. You don’t really need to remove the adapters once you are happy with the fit but if you do use a flat edged screwdriver firmly placed on the end of the black stalk just in case it is still too tight, this prevents any damage. The flat edged screwdriver can be used on the two side dials too if they need to be removed before fitting the new dials.
Step 3. Once you have found the perfect fit, slide the aluminium dials over the adapters. The dials should sit flush with the dash and sit flush with the existing holes, this prevents light bleed. they do not need to be pushed inside the diameter of the hole as this will make the dials difficult to turn and bind on the panel.
Step 4. Remove the aluminium dials but not the adapters. You will need to use epoxy resin (araldite) to bond the adapter into the tube. Epoxy is great as it gives you time to align the dials on the panel at 12 o’clock and fan speed 1 for the centre one. Place a VERY small amount on the inside of the dial tube without using too much to stop it oozing out (really small as there is little tolerance to avoid a vacuum, and I mean really small).
Step 5. Switch on your sidelights, this is to ensure there is no light bleed out the back of the dials. Once you are happy with the amount of glue used (you will get roughly 5 mins before it sets) place the new dials over the adapters allowing them to sit on the panel square and straight. Give them a little spin and reset to 12 o’clock and fan speed 1.
Headlight switch conversion
To remove the switch fascia, set the lights to main beam, pull out as if you would be putting the fogs on and pull the switch fascia off. The switch is a little stiffer and we used a set of pliers to do this but again, do not force it off.
Slide in the adapter into the switch and firmly push the mechanism in as you will have pulled the foglight switch on when pulling the switch out. You will need to leave a little extra tube on the back of the dial to allow the adapter to fit in the tube so don’t cut it all off else it will be too short but this may need adjusting, about 5-6 mm proud of the back of the dial. Place the aluminium dial onto the back of the dial and glue with epoxy resin. Set the marker to dipped beam and allow to set.
The switch will function as normal but keep your old switch as you will need it to remove the light mechanism from the dash should you need to in the future.
You will still be able to pull the switch out to turn on your foglights when needed in the normal way.