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Seat Heater Switch Removal


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I'm trying to swap out my batwing. It's a two hole batwing that holds the seat heater switches. The switches push into place and lock into position at the front face. Simple to install, but I don't see an easy way to remove the switch where I'm not putting serious pressure on the plastic holding them in place.

Is there a safe way to do this?

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While it has been a while since I've needed to pop out switches from the dash, for a while there, I was doing it all of the time and don't recall having an issue. For the batwing, I vaguely remember pulling the batwing out, turning it down so I could get to the back side and using a small screw driver to pop out the switch. From the rear of the batwing, I would place the blade between the edge of the switch and batwing and use the driver to wedge the switch out of the wing while applying pressure on the switch from the front with a finger. If memory serves, there are four protrusions on each switch that hold the switch in place. The protrusions (bumps) are roughly at 2, 4, 8 and 10 o'clock positions on the switch. You are using the screw driver to separate the switch protrusion from the wing just enough to help with the removal.

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I was using a screwdriver prior to posting this, but it seemed like I was using more force than would be good for the batwing or switches. You are correct on the for spots that lock the switch into place.

I resorted to using a small current tester I had. It has two prongs about double the diameter of toothpicks. I was able to push them down into one side without too much "lift" on the plastic housing. Once they were as far down as possible, I gently pushed on the switch face and that side popped out. I then just repeated on the other side.

Thanks for the help.

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