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Old 09-13-2006, 08:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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1996 Honda Accord: Can temperature dials on dash be removed?

Last week, while adjusting the dial that controls warm/cool air controls on my dashboard, I felt the dial "slip" off the gear and it no longer adjusts temperature. The dial turns, but there is no change in temperature, and there is no resistance to indicate the larger mechanism being altered.

I am curious if anyone is familiar with the dash/dials of a 1996 Honda Accord? If the dials can be popped off, I'd like to try to see if I can fix the issue myself, but I don't want to force them off potentially break or damage the dashboard.

With the temperature changing here, it is an issue that I will need to resolve shortly. I am not familiar with the dials on dashboards and how they are removed, and was hoping to get some feedback and guidance here.

Thanks!
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Old 09-13-2006, 09:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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That vintage honda heater control knobs break all the time, you can just pop it off.
there is no repairing it, a honda dealer should have it on the shelf, should be around $20 bucks or so.
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Old 09-13-2006, 07:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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reconmike speaks the truth. I have had the same problem and the dealer had the part in stock. I tried repairing the old knob but should have just gone to the dealer instead of wasting time.
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Old 09-13-2006, 07:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Before you do that take a pair of needle nose pliars and see if the shaft will turn - and make sure it's adjusting the temp when you turn it. The cable behind the HVAC unit can snap, which would also lead to no resistance and no heat control. If that's the case it's time to dive under the dash to replace the cable.
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Old 09-14-2006, 10:37 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the replies.

I am primarily worried about getting the dial off.. I tried pulling it with my hand, but it doesn't seem to budge.

Is there a trick to removing the dial without damaging the plastic housing or the dial itself?
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