This week I got a "new" automatic climate control off of ebay. The things are a coupla hundred bucks at the dealer or online, so I thought what the heck - mine's shot, $50? I'll take it.
The old burnt-out-pixels ACC -
I thought I might be able to help somebody out with this really simple install by taking a couple of pictures while I put the new ACC in.
First, you need to remove the torx screws that hold the kick panel in place. There is one at the bottom of the footwell, and one on the inside edge of the glovebox.
With the screws removed, the kick panel needs to be slid forward toward the firewall. I used a flat screwdriver to help release the console clips from the back of the kick panel. A little bit of leverage was needed here.
This is what it looks like behind the kick panel. At the top of the picture, you can just see the back of the old ACC unit.
To remove the ACC, all you have to do is reach behind it and gently push it forward and it will slide ride out.
Disconnect the wire bundle at the clip on the back of the old ACC, attach it to the "new" unit, and slide it back into it's slot. The rest of the work to be done is just the reverse of the previous instructions. I did this in a half hour and I had never done this before. Piece o' cake!
No, the "new" ACC isn't perfect, but it is a lot better than what I had and it was a lot less expensive than a new one, so I can't complain.