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Old 12-23-2009, 10:11 PM
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Cool Heater Control Bulb Replacement - EASY FIX

Hi, I'm new to this forum and Commander ownership in general....
I wanted to share this with you all.

I recently purchased my 06 Commander and 2 of the 3 bulbs in the Heater control unit were out so I searched for a suitable substitute and this is what I found and used.

So far so good....

I purchased the lamps at Radio Shack. They were in the LAMP drawers and not the LED drawers as the LED's were rated 3.6v and produce a cool bluish white light. (I also purchased a few of them)

The bulbs are part #272-1154
12v 50mA
Bi-Pin Lamp
Cost - $1.69 each

The lamps are slightly smaller but just as bright and unlike an LED the light is emitted all around rather than directional

Just unsolder the existing lamps from the circuit board, bend/trim the pins on new lamp into shape with small needle nose pliers and solder in place.

DONE! Works like a charm and can be done quickly!
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Old 12-23-2009, 10:15 PM
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Thanks for the information and welcome to the forum.
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Thanks for sharing this with us, I have the same problem, good you put the part # I will search for it in Radio Shake.
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Old 12-24-2009, 04:38 AM
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Quick question... mine went out as well and I went to look into it, but I couldn't get the cover off the back around the fan speed knob. What did ya remove from there to get to the circuitry?
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Voodoo- The blue cover stays on. You have to take the whole back cover off. There are 3 clips on top side and 3 on the bottom. Push a flat head screwdriver in each one and work it free. The whole circuit board will then come free.

I may show pics later if needed
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Pics are ALWAYS nice for people like me!! I have had the same issue, so it sounds like a pretty simple fix...
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Voodoo- The blue cover stays on. You have to take the whole back cover off. There are 3 clips on top side and 3 on the bottom. Push a flat head screwdriver in each one and work it free. The whole circuit board will then come free.

I may show pics later if needed
I tore into mine... I see what you mean. I, however, didn't realize that my wife "pushed" the blower knob in about a good 1/4 inch. Thats where it was snagging.

Did you just pull the bulb out or did ya unsolder the housing that holds them? (I took pics of mine... I can PM them to ya)
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Remove the bulb and the plastic housing it is in (discard both), resolder the new bulb in it's place. The polarity doesn't seem to matter either with the new bulb.

You can pm me if you'd like

Sorry I haven't had the time to tear mine back apart to take pictures.

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Illuminated Lights

How can I change the Illuminated Lights that are behind the temp. controls of my 2006 Commander.The fan and heat/A/C control Light is out. Thanks Centurion
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Here is a thread from only a few days ago on this problem. http://www.jeepcommander.com/forums/...ng+light+bulbs
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