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How to Replace HVAC Control Unit 05-09 Chevy Equinox

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  1. step : Removing the Shift Knob (0:50)
    • Pry the chrome bezel down from the shift lever with a trim tool
    • Remove the T10 Torx screw
    • Remove the shift knob
  2. step : Removing the Center Trim Console (1:25)
    • Pop the lower trim panel back
    • Lift the e-brake
    • Remove the lower trim panel
    • Lift the bottom and pry out the console panel with a trim tool
    • Turn your key on
    • Place the vehicle in neutral
    • Lift the bezel up and back
    • Place the vehicle in park
    • Remove the key
    • Disconnect the electrical switches from the center console
    • Carefully pry the tabs to remove the microswitch/stabilitrack
    • Remove the console
  3. step : Removing the HVAC Control Unit (3:29)
    • Flip the center dash over
    • Remove the four 7mm screws from the HVAC
    • Remove the HVAC control unit
  4. step : Installing the HVAC Control Unit (3:59)
    • Insert the storage pocket into the center dash
    • Insert the HVAC control unit
    • Tighten the 7mm screws
  5. step : Installing the Center Trim Console (4:20)
    • Place the key to the on position
    • Place the shifter in neutral
    • Insert the microswitch/stabilitrack switch into place
    • Connect the wiring harnesses
    • Align and press the center console into place
    • Place the vehicle in park
    • Turn the key off
    • Press the lower console panel into place
  6. step : Reinstalling the Shifter Knob (5:41)
    • Insert the shifter knob into place
    • Tighten the T10 Torx screw to the shifter
    • Pop the chrome bezel into place

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In this video, we're going to be working with our 2008 Chevy Equinox. We're going to show you how to remove and replace your HVAC control units for the heat and AC in your vehicle.

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Here are the items you'll need for this repair: Trim removal tool, T10 Torx driver, 7mm socket, ratchet, socket extension

Using the trim removal tool, carefully pry the chrome bezel down on the bottom of the shift lever. You have to kind of work your way around this. It's a little tricky, but just stick with it because you really don't want to break it.

You'll need a T10 Torx screwdriver to loosen this bolt. Carefully remove the shift knob from the shifter. Place that off to the side. Pop this lower trim panel back. I've lifted the e-brake up here so you can get it by. Now we'll lift up on the bottom and work our way around the edges with our trim tool, releasing all the clips. There are some in the corner here that you will have to pull back and up. Turn your key on. Place the vehicle in neutral. Carefully lift the bezel up and back. We're going to put the vehicle back in park and take our key out for now.

Remove the electric connectors for the switches at the bottom, as well as the ones on the back of the HVAC unit, and the four connectors at the top as well. That's a micro switch there, and those can be very delicate. Be safe. We're just going to pry up on these tabs and remove that entire switch as opposed to just releasing the connector.

To remove your HVAC control unit, you'll want to flip your bezel over and remove the four 7mm screws securing it to the bezel. We'll do this using a 7mm socket and ratchet. Lift your HVAC control unit out of the center dash bezel.

Reinstall your HVAC control unit and start all four of the 7mm screws by hand. Now, you can tighten the screws down with a 7mm socket and ratchet.

Put your key on and your vehicle in neutral, which is two clicks down on the shifter. Snap your StabiliTrak switch back into its spot in the bezel. Reconnect the rest of the electrical connectors. Lay the panel back into place. Carefully snap all of the tabs back into place. Put the vehicle back in park, and turn your key off. Reinstall the lower cover. You have to align the tabs. Snap the cover back into place.

Reinstall the shifter. You may have to wiggle this a little bit to get the set screw to line up. Put the bottom bezel back into place.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet
  • Socket Extensions

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 7mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T10 Torx Driver


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