VE Commodore – Light Bulb / Globe List

Holden VE Commodore Tail Light

Holden VE Commodore - Light Bulb / Globe List

AutoInstruct presents a globe list for the VE Commodore. Please reference the list below when replacing or upgrading bulbs in your vehicle.

Bulb Location

Standard Bulb Type

 Low BeamH7 55W
 High Beam H9 65W
 Parking Globe T10 5W
 Fog Lights H10 42W
 Front Indicators BAU15s 21W
 Side Indicators T10 5W (Amber)
 Brake Globe BAY15d 21/5W
 Indicator Globe BAU15s 21W
 Reverse Globe BA15s 21W
 Number Plate Globe T10 5W
Centre Brake LightFactory Proprietary LED

Changing V6 Spark Plugs

Changing VE Commodore V6 Spark Plugs

Introduction

This guide will show you how to replace the spark plugs in your VE / VF V6 Commodore. Whilst this guide is written for the LLT Engine, the process is very similar for LFX Models, however the intake manifold is plastic.

Tools / Parts Required

  • Spark Plug Socket
  • Socket Set
  • Torque Bar
  • Breaker Bar
  • Anti-Sieze
  • x6 Spark Plugs (1.1mm Gap)

Step 1

To access all six spark plugs, we need to loosen the intake manifold. This will require removal of attached components.

  • Unclip and remove the black insulating material
  • Disconnect the three PCV tubes. Push the tab across and pull outwards

Step 2

Unclip the purge solenoid from the intake manifold. It slides off towards the firewall.

Step 3

Unclip the throttle body loom and disconnect the intake pipe. Also unbolt the support bracket as circled.

Step 4

Remove the five long bolts located on top of the intake manifold. The bolt closest to the front is shorter than the rest. Keep this in mind when reinstalling.

Step 5

Next, remove the final bolt securing the manifold to the engine. You will need to unscrew this bolt entirely, however you will not be able to remove it from the manifold due to a lack of clearance.

(This picture has been borrowed from an LFX engine. The bolt however is identical)

Step 6

Raise the intake manifold and place an object underneath it to support it. This will provide enough clearance to access all the spark plugs.

Step 7

Unclip all looms from the ignition coils. Simply push the grey tab downwards, then press on the connector and disconnect.

Step 8

Unbolt the ignition coils and remove from the engine.

Step 9

Using a spark plug socket and breaker bar, gently remove the spark plugs from the engine.

Step 10

Install the new spark plugs by applying a light coating of anti-size and gently thread them into position by hand. Be very careful not to cross thread the plugs.

Tighten with a torque wrench to 20nm.

Reinstallation

With the spark plugs now replaced, reinstall all remaining components, ensuring all vent tubes are wiring looms are reconnected. Start the engine to ensure correct operation.

Holden IQ Headunit Conversion

Holden IQ Conversion Series 1

Introduction

Looking to refresh the look of your Series 1 interior and upgrade the technology at the same time? Look no further than a Series 2 headunit conversion! The Series 2 parts are a direct fit onto Series 1 vehicles.

Tools Required

  • Trim Removal Tools
  • Screwdrivers

Parts Required

  • Complete Series 2 Conversion Kit Including:
    • VIN-Programmed Holden IQ Headunit
    • Holden IQ Headunit Fascia
    • Headunit Cage
    • Passenger and Drivers Dash Spears
    • Air Conditioner Duct
    • Centre Console Trim
    • New Harness & HVAC Controller
    • Surrounding Headunit Trim

Step 1

Using a trim removal tool, pop off the side trim piece. There are three clips, one on each corner.

Step 2

  • Wedge your fingers behind the lower section of the trim and firmly pull upwards as shown by the red arrows.
  • With the bottom clips released use a gentle hinging and pulling motion to release the top clips on both sides of the steering wheel. Pull away as shown by the orange arrows.
  • Be careful releasing the clips as the trim will drop downwards. It is quiet heavy.

Step 3

As the trim is released you will need to unplug the headlight switch. Push on the clip and unplug.

Step 4

Remove the drivers side trim. Pull outwards then firmly down on both trim pieces.

Step 5

Moving over to the passenger side of the vehicle, we’re going to remove the glovebox.

Unclip the kick panel by pulling firmly downwards. This is held in place by five clips.

Step 6

Remove the two screws which are now visible.

Step 7

Gently remove the silver dash spear with a trim removal tool. Also remove the two screw covers (Green arrows).

Step 8

Remove the five screws which are now visible.

Step 9

The glovebox will now be loose. simply pull outwards and disconnect the boot release plug and loom.

Step 10

Remove the passenger side trim. Pull outwards then firmly down on both trim pieces.

Step 11

If installed, you can also remove the Bluetooth module as this is no longer required. Bluetooth is now built into the Series 2 headunit.

Follow the wiring diagram from your Series 2 conversion supplier to connect the roof microphone to the Series 2 headunit.

Step 12

Remove the speaker grill from the centre of the dashboard. Pull firmly upwards from the back and use a trim removal tool to release the remaining clips. Be gentle as the clips are prone to break.

Once removed unscrew the two screws as circled.

Step 13

Remove the drivers side dash spear. Using a trim removal tool, gently release each clip and remove.

Step 14

Unscrew the two screws as pictured.

Step 15

We will now remove the radio fascia. This can be quite difficult as the clips are very strong. Wedge your fingers or use an angled trim removal tool behind the fascia and pull towards you in a hinge motion. With decent force the headunit will come loose.

Step 16

Remove the four screws as highlighted.

Step 17

Unplug the large connector on the drivers side. Pull upwards on the lever as pictured and the connector will be released from the headunit.

Step 18

Unplug the the antenna on the passenger side. Also disconnect the harness as pictured.

The headunit ‘brain’ can now be pulled out and removed from the vehicle.

Step 19

With the headunit removed, unscrew the following four screws as pictured.

Step 20

We will now remove the centre console trim.

Using a trim removal tool, unclip the black trim piece which is held in place with six clips as shown by the arrows. Alternatively you can feel the clips from underneath and push firmly upwards to release the trim. Once unclipped disconnect the wiring looms for the window switches and traction control switch.

Step 21

Unclip the air conditioner duct and remove the neighbouring screw on both the passenger and drivers side of the vehicle.

Unscrew the gear selector trim as pictured.

Step 22

Unscrew the front storage compartment and remove.

Step 23

We will now remove the main trim piece surrounding the headunit. This is a four step process.

  1. Red Arrow – Release the clip as circled, there is one on either side. You’ll need to push down on the centre console and attempt to release the clip. Some wriggling and prying with a trim removal tool is required.
  2. Orange Arrows – Once the above clip is released, pull firmly towards towards the centre of the vehicle to release the surrounding radio trim. It helps to pull from the top of the dashboard.
  3. Green Circles – When the trim is released, unclip the wiring loom as circled and remove the trim from the vehicle.
  4. Remove the centre console trim surrounding the gear selector. This is the trim with the clip circled in red.

Step 24

Unscrew and remove the air conditioner vent.

Step 25

Unscrew and remove the headunit cage as pictured.

Removal Complete

The Series 1 headunit removal is now complete.

Series 2 Holden IQ Installation

We will now commence installation of the Series 2 Holden IQ. Here’s all the parts required.

  • VIN-Programmed Holden IQ Headunit
  • Holden IQ Headunit Fascia
  • Headunit Cage
  • Passenger and Drivers Dash Spears
  • Air Conditioner Duct
  • Centre Console Trim
  • New Harness & HVAC Controller
  • Surrounding Headunit Trim

Step 1

If a modified HVAC controller has been supplied with your Series 2 Conversion, it can be replaced by removing the passenger vent ducting and unscrewing the controller.

Replace the controller and reconnect all harnesses.

Step 2

Install the new headunit cage and air conditioner ducting. Screw both into place.

Step 3

Fit the new trim frame and screw into place.

Step 4

Slide the new headunit into position and screw down as pictured.

Step 5

Connect the new wiring harness as provided with your conversion kit, then connect to the headunit. Also connect the antenna on the passenger side.

Step 6

Slide the new headunit facia and trim into place. Push down firmly on the whole trim piece to ensure the clips are secured.

Step 7

Install the storage compartment. We chose to install our USB / AUX Input here as well.

Step 8

Install the surrounding trim (Green arrows) and screw the gear selector and storage compartment into place.

Step 9

Connect the window switches and traction control switch, and install the new piano black centre console trim.

Re-clip the air conditioner ducting and install the screw.

Step 10

Reinstall the side trim pieces. Push upwards and clip into place.

Step 11

Reinstall the glovebox and steering column trims. Don’t forget to reconnect the boot release switch.

Install the two new silver dash spears on both the driver and passenger side.

Step 12

Screw the trim into place and reinstall the speaker grille.

Finished!

Turn the ignition on and admire your work! Your Series 2 Holden IQ Radio Conversion is now complete!

Replacing Air Conditioner Actuator (HVAC)

VE Commodore Air Conditioner Actuator

Introduction

This guide will show you how to replace an air conditioner actuator on a VE Commodore. These actuators commonly fail on Series 1 vehicles and have been seen to fail on Series 2, however a revised unit is now being used.

There are multiple actuators behind the dashboard controlling modes, temperatures and air sources. Our guide will show you how to identify the faulty actuator and the steps to replace it.

HVAC = Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

Common Symptoms:

  • Vents stuck in a certain mode such as feet, face or demister.
  • Loud clicking noise behind the dashboard when changing modes or temperature
  • Heating / Cooling not working properly. Often permanantly on heat or cold.

Tools Required

  • Trim Removal Tools
  • Screwdrivers

Parts Required

System Overview

There are 4 HVAC actuators in the system, each one is identical

  1. Air Recirculation Door Actuator – Located above the blower fan and controls the recirculation function.
  2. Floor Vents – Upper left side of centre console (Passenger Side)
  3. Heat/Cool – Lower left side of centre console. Uses interconnecting levers to control the butterfly valve inside the heater box
  4. Face Vents – Upper right side of centre console (Drivers Side)
VE Commodore HVAC Diagram

How To Identify The Faulty Actuator

Multiple actuators can be found on both the left and right sides of the dashboard. The same actuator units are used regardless of its purpose. Let’s go through some troubleshooting steps below:

  1. Attempt a HVAC System Relearn
    • It’s possible that your actuators are not actually faulty but have ‘forgotten’ which position they are in. The relearn process runs all actuators for 10-15 seconds, allowing them to calibrate their positions.
    • To do this first close your doors and turn the radio off. You’ll need to listen to the motors and they’re very quiet.
    • Turn the Ignition to ‘on’ but do not start the car. Press and hold the rear demister button until you hear the actuators moving. After 10-15 seconds the actuators will stop and the system will be calibrated. Test the air conditioner system and check if your problem still exists. Be sure to cycle through each mode and heat / cool.
    • If the problem still exists or you heard loud clicking noises during this process, its very likely that an actuator is faulty. Proceed to the next step.
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  2. Identifying the Faulty Actuator
    • If you heard loud clicking noises during the relearn process this will help with identification. Run the relearn again and listen for the clicking. Is it on the passenger or drivers side? Listen around the footwell area on both sides and you should be able to determine where it was louder. We now need to access that actuator.
    • If no clicking was heard and you still suspect the actuator is at fault, visual identification may be required to see if the motor and HVAC arms are moving when the relearn is in progress. This will involve trim removal from the drivers and/or passenger side of the vehicle. We’ll run through this process below.
    • Note: There is an electrical interlock between the AIR RECIRC function and the HOT/COLD mixing function. If the system detects a malfunction in the AIR RECIRC, the HOT/COLD mixing actuator is disabled. This fault is indicated by the LED on the RECIRC button blinking.When you run “relearn, if the HOT/COLD actuator is not moving, this does not necessarily indicate that the actuator has failed. It might be that the RECIRC system has failed, and the interlock has disabled the HOT/COLD mixing actuator. Confirmation of the fault is indicated by the blinking LED on the RECIRC button.
    • It is possible to have multiple actuators fail! Keep this in mind when performing your assessment.

Drivers Side Actuator

The drivers side actuator which controls the air directions between feet, face, demister is usually the faulty unit. It is often identified as the air conditioner being ‘stuck’ on feet or demister modes. The process below outlines the actuator replacement procedure.

Step 1

Using a trim removal tool, pop off the side trim piece. There are three clips, one on each corner.

Step 2

  • Wedge your fingers behind the lower section of the trim and firmly pull upwards as shown by the red arrows.
  • With the bottom clips released use a gentle hinging and pulling motion to release the top clips on both sides of the steering wheel. Pull away as shown by the orange arrows.
  • Be careful releasing the clips as the trim will drop downwards. It is quiet heavy.

Step 3

As the trim is released you will need to unplug the headlight switch. Push on the clip and unplug.

Step 4

Unscrew the OBD port as circled and pull downwards on the kick panel trim. There are approximately 5 clips holding this trim in place.

Step 5

Remove the air conditioner ducting which is held in place by two screws.

Step 6

You’ll now need to locate the actuator. Look up beside the headunit and high in the dashboard your will see the actuator as pictured.

To verify the actuator is faulty, run the relearn process as described previously. If you feel or hear the actuator clicking, or the HVAC arms are not moving, the actuator is probably at fault and will need to be replaced.

Step 7

Replacing the actuator is a very difficult process due to the location in the vehicle. There are two screws (Red circles) holding the actuator in place, and one alignment pin (Green circle) to ensure the actuator is in the correct position. There is also a green wiring plug you will need to disconnect.

The bottom screw is relatively easy to access with a small stubby screwdriver or a ratcheting screwdriver set.

The top screw is extremely difficult to remove as there is limited space to operate. You may find yourself lying upside down in the footwell and painstakingly turning the screw millimetre by millimetre.

Once both screws are removed the motor will simply pull off from the HVAC arm. The HVAC arm may fall off, so take note of its orientation and position to simplify reinstallation.

Step 8

The replacement actuator (Which you can purchase directly through us at AutoInstruct – We’d appreciate the support!) can now be installed into the vehicle.

Firstly reinstall any HVAC arms that may have fallen loose, then slide the arm onto the actuator – It can be in any position. Next place the actuator onto the alignment pin and begin to install the lower screw.

Commence installation of the upper screw, checking alignment and position of the actuator and HVAC arms.

Step 9

Once both screws are tightened, connect the wiring harness and perform a HVAC relearn. You should now see the actuator moving smoothly without any clicking noises. When the relearn is complete, test operation between feet, face and demister. Keep in mind we have removed the ducting on the drivers feet!

Completion

After confirming correct operation, reinstall the air conditioner ducting and lower dash trim pieces. Reattach the OBD connector. You’ve now finished!

Passenger Side Actuator

Step 1

Remove the kick panel below the glove box. This is held in place by five clips.

Step 2

Remove the two screws which are now visible.

Step 3

Remove the five remaining screws. The far left and right screws are hidden behind small covers.

Step 4

The glovebox will now be loose. simply pull outwards and disconnect the boot release plug and loom.

Step 5

Pull outwards and down the side trim piece. It will unclip.

Step 6

Now we can see the passenger side actuator.

To verify the actuator is faulty, run the relearn process as described previously. If you feel or hear the actuator clicking, or the HVAC arms are not moving, the actuator is probably at fault and will need to be replaced.

Step 7

Remove the faulty actuator by unplugging the electrical connector, unscrewing the two screws and pulling the drive gear off the HVAC arm. This actuator is much easier to access compared to the drivers side.

Replace the actuator with a new unit. Screw into place and reconnect the wiring loom.

Step 8

Once both screws are tightened, connect the wiring harness and perform a HVAC relearn. You should now see the actuator moving smoothly without any clicking noises. When the relearn is complete, test operation between feet, face and demister. Keep in mind we have removed the ducting on the passengers feet!

Completion

After confirming correct operation, reinstall the air conditioner ducting, side trims and glovebox. Don’t forget to reconnect the boot release switch.

V6 Oil Change – LLT / LFX / LY7

VE Commodore Engine Bay

Introduction

In this tutorial we’ll show you how to change the oil in your VE Commodore, VF Commodore or Chevrolet Camaro, all of which share either the LLT, LY7 or LFX Engines.

Tools Required

Video Guide

Lower Dash Trim Removal

Steering Wheel Lower Dash Trim Removal

Introduction

Our guide will show you how to remove the lower dash trim on a VE Commodore. This refers to the plastic trim surrounding the base of the steering wheel column. You will need this guide when replacing the headlight switch or accessing the wiring in the dashboard.

Tools Required

  • Trim Removal Tools

Step 1

Using a trim removal tool, pop off the side trim piece. There are three clips, one on each corner.

Step 2

  • Wedge your fingers behind the lower section of the trim and firmly pull upwards as shown by the red arrows.
  • With the bottom clips released use a gentle hinging and pulling motion to release the top clips on both sides of the steering wheel. Pull away as shown by the orange arrows.
  • Be careful releasing the clips as the trim will drop downwards. It is quiet heavy.

Step 3

As the trim is released you will need to unplug the headlight switch. Push on the clip and unplug.

Door Sill Trim Removal

VE Commodore Door Sill Trim Removal

Introduction

This guide will show you how to remove the front and rear door sill trims on a VE Commodore. If you’re installing any form of aftermarket wiring or installing speakers, this is the guide you will need!

Tools Required

  • TORX Screwdriver
  • Trim Removal Tools

Front Door Sill

Step 1

Pry your fingers underneath the capping trim and pull upwards to release. You need to swing the piece upwards to remove it.

Step 2

Using a trim removal tool, release the clip as shown.

Step 3

The seat rail trim can now be removed by pulling towards the front of the car.

Step 4

With the seat rail trim removed, the front door sill can also be removed. Using your fingers, pull firmly upwards on the door sill trim to release the clips.

Kick & Side Panel Trim Removal

Step 1

Remove the glove box side trim using a trim removal tool. Next, pull on the rubber door seal to seperate the seal from the bodywork.

You can then remove the pictured trim by releasing the two metal clips.

Step 2

Remove the kick panel by unscrewing the two TORX screws and removing the fuse box cover. The clips can now be released using a trim removal tool.

Rear Door Sill Trim Removal

Step 1

Remove the rear seat base using our guide, which can be found here.

Step 2

Remove the TORX screw as pictured, then gently pull upwards on the trim to release the clips.

Re-Installation

All trim pieces can be reinstalled by lining up the pieces and pushing down firmly to engage the clips. TORX screws in can then be reinstalled where applicable.

Holden IQ Navigation Upgrade

Holden IQ Nav Upgrade

Introduction

AutoInstruct presents a tutorial on upgrading the Holden IQ Navigation Maps on your VE Commodore. This is only applicable to vehicles fitted with factory navigation, and this process requires new maps to be purchased from a Holden dealership.

Tools / Parts Required

  • Flathead Screwdriver
  • Updated Holden IQ Navigation Maps (Available from your local Holden dealer)

Step 1

Firstly unclip the scrivet as circled. Then pull firmly downwards on the lower trim piece.

Step 2

With the first panel lowered, pull down and remove the upper trim piece.

Step 3

You can now see the side of the Holden IQ headunit. The navigation memory / SD card is located behind a white sticker. Simply break the sticker seal and the SD card can be removed.

Insert the new SD card and re-install the trim pieces as per the removal. Ensure all clips are seated correctly and the trim pieces are correctly overlapping each other.

Your navigation maps are now updated.

Rear Seat Removal

Holden VE Commodore Rear Seat Removal

Introduction

AutoInstruct presents a tutorial on how to remove the rear seat base on a VE Commodore.

Tools Required

  • None!

Intro

Removing the seat base is a very simple task. There are two clips holding the seat in place, one between the legs of each outer passenger.

Step 1

Grasp the front of the seat base and pull firmly upwards to release the clip. Once this is completed on both sides of the vehicle the seat will simply pull out away from the backrest.

Removing Front Door Trims

Holden VE Commodore Front Door Trim

Introduction

AutoInstruct presents a tutorial on how to remove the front door trims on a VE Commodore.

For removal of the rear door trims, see our tutorial here.

Tools Required

  • TORX Driver Set
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Small Flathead Screwdriver

Intro

Before we start, the following image will show you what to expect.

  • The red circles signify basic clips which will be released when you pull on the door trim.
  • The orange rectangles are flat clips which are somewhat difficult to remove. These will be released after the red clips.

Step 1

Using a small flathead screwdriver, gently pop off this cover. Behind you will find a screw, remove it using a suitable TORX Driver.

Step 2

Remove the three screws located on the bottom of the door trim. Then you will need to remove the screw located under the handle (Orange circle)

Step 3

Remove the two screws located on the inner edge of the door trim.

Step 4

This step is the most difficult of the removal process.

  1. Pull firmly on the handle and base of the door trim to release all the RED clips.
  2. The door will now act as a hinge on the remaining ORANGE clips. Working from the outermost edge of the door, pry each clip off with a screwdriver or a firm pull. It is easy to access each clip by looking underneath the door trim.

Step 5

Release the lock mechanism by unclipping both yellow connectors.

Step 6

Each wire can now be pulled out of the lock mechanism. The door trim can now be removed.

Finished

With the trim removed from the door we can see:

  • Standard clips (Red)
  • Flat clips (Orange)
  • Alignment pins (Green)

To reinstall simply reverse the process. If any clips remained attached to the door, be sure to remove them and re-attach to the trim piece before reinstallation.

Removing Rear Door Trims

VE Commodore Rear Door Trim

Introduction

AutoInstruct presents a tutorial on how to remove the rear door trims on a VE Commodore.

For removal of the front door trims, see our tutorial here.

Tools Required

  • TORX Driver Set
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Small Flathead Screwdriver

Intro

Before we start, the following image will show you what to expect.

  • The red circles signify basic clips which will be released when you pull on the door trim in Step 5.
  • The orange circles are flat clips which are somewhat difficult to remove. These will be released after the red clips.

Step 1

Using a small flathead screwdriver, gently pop off this cover.

Step 2

Remove this screw using a suitable TORX Driver.

Step 3

Remove the two screws located on the bottom of the door trim.

Step 4

Remove the two screws located under the handle.

Step 5

This step is the most difficult of the removal process.

  1. Pull firmly on the handle and base of the door trim to release all the RED clips.
  2. The door will now act as a hinge on the remaining ORANGE clips. Working from the outermost edge of the door, pry each clip off with a screwdriver or a firm pull. It is easy to access each clip by looking underneath the door trim.

Step 6

Release the lock mechanism by unclipping both yellow connectors.

Step 7

Each wire can now be pulled out of the lock mechanism.

Step 8

Unplug the wiring loom. The trim is now free from the door.

Finished

With the trim removed from the door we can see:

  • Standard clips (Red)
  • Flat clips (Orange)
  • Alignment pins (Green)

To reinstall simply reverse the process. If any clips remained attached to the door, be sure to remove them and re-attach to the trim piece before reinstallation.

Enabling Pollution Mode

VE Commodore Pollution Mode

Introduction

This guide will show you how to enable ‘Pollution Mode’ on your Holden VE Commodore. Suits most Series 1 and Series 2 models.

When enabled, pollution mode automatically selects air re-circulation when the vehicle speed is less than 15 km/h. This is aimed at preventing exhaust fumes entering the cabin in stop/start traffic or whilst waiting at the traffic lights. Upon reaching a speed higher than 15 km/h, the air re-circulation is turned off. This happens continuously whilst pollution mode is enabled. It essentially allows outside air to only enter the cabin when the vehicle is moving at speed.

Step 1

To switch on or off, press and hold ‘re-circulation’ for 4 seconds.

Step 2

Pollution Mode ON or Pollution Mode OFF appears on the display.