Replacing Xantia Instrument Illumination Bulbs

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Re: Replacing Xantia Instrument Illumination Bulbs

Post by white exec » 28 Nov 2016, 22:45

I think that Rapid Electronics offer 14v capless, in a couple of wattages.
You can also wedge one of these little lamps in a piece of pvc sleeving, or a sleeved grommet (sorry, Gibbo) to insert it into its socket, and then twist off the tubular 'holder'.
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Re: Replacing Xantia Instrument Illumination Bulbs

Post by CitroJim » 29 Nov 2016, 05:31

James the HellRazor wrote:It's been a mighty long time since I've changes an S1 heater panel lamp but, IIRC, last time I managed it quite easily by accessing it through the radio aperture and removed - and fitted - the new lamp with the aid of a small socket on the end of a small ¼" extension bar. You wedge the end of the captive lamp in the socket and feel around for where it goes !


That's doing it the hard way James ;)

I think I'd better do that part of the guide sooner rather than later...
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Re: Replacing Xantia Instrument Illumination Bulbs

Post by beko1987 » 02 Dec 2016, 13:03

Superb timing, this is a job I need to do next year, as well as the heater bulbs (entire bottom is unlit on mine!). Doesn't look too tricky looking at your pictures

A how to for removing the heater controls would be good, the speed control knob on mine snapped off (still adjustable with a small screwdriver), I had a brief go at removing it but could not work it out.

But before doing either of those jobs, it A - needs to warm up a bit and B - I need glue as my dash innards are a bit broken around the radio and top row of buttons!
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Re: Replacing Xantia Instrument Illumination Bulbs

Post by xantiamanic » 02 Dec 2016, 16:52

My heater controls are totally screwed. The sliders dont seem to control anything behind the panel so i'm guessing the wires are knackered. A 'howto' remove heater panel would certainly complement this bulb repkacement procedure. I'm guessing it's eadiet to just dip into the dash the once and kill two birds with the proverbial one stone?

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Re: Replacing Xantia Instrument Illumination Bulbs

Post by CitroJim » 02 Dec 2016, 17:45

xantiamanic wrote:My heater controls are totally screwed. The sliders dont seem to control anything behind the panel so i'm guessing the wires are knackered.


Mike, that needs a bit of deeper diagnosis... Start a new thread and then we can get it sorted for you ;)

beko1987 wrote:A how to for removing the heater controls would be good, the speed control knob on mine snapped off (still adjustable with a small screwdriver), I had a brief go at removing it but could not work it out.


For both of you, I'll do a little how-to on how to pull out the panel... It's made a little trickier as there are two bowden cables involved...

Too cold? I've bee out doing a cambelt today!!!
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Re: Replacing Xantia Instrument Illumination Bulbs

Post by Stickyfinger » 02 Dec 2016, 17:55

I am happy to put mine into the position of being photographed for this Jim :)

Happy to click away whilst you do the work :)....short video sections on the tricky parts maybe ?

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Post by CitroJim » 02 Dec 2016, 18:02

Stickyfinger wrote:I am happy to put mine into the position of being photographed for this Jim :)

Happy to click away whilst you do the work :)....short video sections on the tricky parts maybe ?

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Excellent :D We'll do just that Alasdair - just the job! Thanks ever so :-D
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Post by Stickyfinger » 02 Dec 2016, 19:08

Hey...BONUS for me....and we can do the work in the garage :)
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Stickyfinger wrote:and we can do the work in the garage :)


That's a massive BONUS for me ;)
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Re: Replacing Xantia Instrument Illumination Bulbs

Post by xantiamanic » 02 Dec 2016, 22:42

Whats a bowden cable then or was it just predictive textspeak for 'broken'?

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Re: Replacing Xantia Instrument Illumination Bulbs

Post by Stickyfinger » 02 Dec 2016, 23:06

a pre stretched steel cable within a self lubricating re-enforced protective sleeve/cable guide.
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Re: Replacing Xantia Instrument Illumination Bulbs

Post by CitroJim » 03 Dec 2016, 07:45

xantiamanic wrote:Whats a bowden cable then or was it just predictive textspeak for 'broken'?


Think of a throttle cable, a choke cable, a speedo cable, a clutch cable or a brake cable on a bike. They are all examples of Bowden cables...
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Re: Replacing Xantia Instrument Illumination Bulbs

Post by Jaf » 19 Apr 2017, 22:27

Thanks for this guide Jim. Finally got to Fred's bulbs, mainly for the engine temperature bulb which hasn't worked for 10 years. Only to find the bulbs I bought are terrible quality. Sigh. The couple I got to work show how dull the original bulbs have become though. Have ordered some more.

I notice in your photos that your electric door mirror switch is the same as mine. I always thought mine was aftermarket as it doesn't match very well!
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Re: Replacing Xantia Instrument Illumination Bulbs

Post by CitroJim » 20 Apr 2017, 09:42

Jaf wrote:I notice in your photos that your electric door mirror switch is the same as mine. I always thought mine was aftermarket as it doesn't match very well!


No, that's the standard for low-specification Xantias Jaf... Seems a most odd way of doing it to me!

Delighted my guide helped swap your bulbs... Excellent!
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