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Have started to install the dashboard and instruments on the 5 and  have got to the rheostat.

The hexagonal 'driveshaft' has a sprung button on it as do all the other controls of that type but the black control knob does not have a hole for the button to spring into.

Is that normal and if so is there any benefit in drilling a hole. Obviously there is no 'pull' action on the rheostat as with the other control knobs?

Many thanks,


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Hi Tim, just had the rheostat apart on my 6 and noticed the same but also noticed the knob was a tight fit on the shaft and the hole in the knob didn’t look symmetrical with a slightly higher cutout where the button goes so that’s where I positioned it again.


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Have sorted mine now Chris.Have now realised that if the button did locate into a hole then once installed in the dash there is not much chance of depressing the button to remove the knob anyway. So have installed as it was, like you.

Thanks for the reply as the same.



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