jelloslug
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Button reorganization

Tue Jan 21, 2014 3:56 pm

I have never liked the order the buttons to the left of the steering wheel. I decided to see if the harness would allow them to be swapped around. Here is the result:

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It was just as easy as I expected.


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Here are the tools needed: A small flat screwdriver, a larger flat screwdriver, a stubby Phillips, and a rag (not shown)


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Put you larger screwdriver covered in the rag in the slot on the fuse panel door and pop it open.


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To remove the fuse panel cover you may need to pull the weather strip down.

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Remove the screw just under the hood release.


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Now pull the panel that contains the buttons off the dash on the button side only.


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Then remove the two screws that hold the 4 button retainer to the lower dash panel.


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Pull the bracket out of the dash and now you can unhook the plugs.


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The buttons are held in the retainer with snap clips on the top and bottom and slide out of the button side of the retainer. Pry upward just enough to let the button clear. Put some pressure on the connector end when you get the first one unsnapped so you can get the one on the other side out without it popping back in.



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The buttons slide out of the front of the retainer.

The buttons will fit in any order you wish and you could even move some to the bottom row.
Last edited by jelloslug on Wed Jan 22, 2014 3:50 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: Button reorganization

Tue Jan 21, 2014 4:27 pm

That's great news! I'm either going to swap the wheel heater button with the timer off button, or move the latter to the lower row and keep the button space obscured by the steering wheel blank. How much risk is there of breaking a snap clip when moving them? Could you post a photo of the panel removed?
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jelloslug
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Re: Button reorganization

Tue Jan 21, 2014 5:18 pm

LeftieBiker wrote:That's great news! I'm either going to swap the wheel heater button with the timer off button, or move the latter to the lower row and keep the button space obscured by the steering wheel blank. How much risk is there of breaking a snap clip when moving them? Could you post a photo of the panel removed?

Well I have already put it back together but it very obvious how it is assembled. The snap clips are very strong and it's very easy to pop the switches out. I forgot to mention that you will need a stubby Phillips screwdriver to get the two screws that hold the button retainer to the lower panel unless you completely remove the lower panel.

Yogi62
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Re: Button reorganization

Tue Jan 21, 2014 5:54 pm

Brilliant!

Having the steering wheel heater light where it is visible is how it should have been to start with.

jelloslug
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Re: Button reorganization

Tue Jan 21, 2014 6:38 pm

Yogi62 wrote:Brilliant!

Having the steering wheel heater light where it is visible is how it should have been to start with.

Yea, Nissan rearranged them on the '14s

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Re: Button reorganization

Tue Jan 21, 2014 7:14 pm

Nice Job! I need to do the same.
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Re: Button reorganization

Tue Jan 21, 2014 8:22 pm

Thanks for a great idea, mine will be done tomorrow.
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Re: Button reorganization

Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:01 pm

Someone post photos of the insides of the panels, please. My car is leased and I don't want to screw it up. Also, it's frigid here and I don't want to be pondering panels in the cold.
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jelloslug
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Re: Button reorganization

Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:33 am

LeftieBiker wrote:Someone post photos of the insides of the panels, please. My car is leased and I don't want to screw it up. Also, it's frigid here and I don't want to be pondering panels in the cold.

I will see if I can pop it back apart and take some pics this evening. It's literally a 5 minute job to get the buttons out.

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Re: Button reorganization

Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:38 am

Thanks!
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