Interior DIY Guides

This section lists my DIY guides for interior-related topics. Click on the image or title for each one to go to that guide.

DISCLAIMER: As always, follow all safety protocols. Don't undertake this task if you aren't comfortable with it and fully understand it. You are ultimately responsible for anything you do. Neither Redpants, LLC or myself is responsible or liable for anything that may occur.

Cabin filters (AKA pollen filters) clean the air being drawn into the cabin of the car from outside. Their job is to prevent dust, debris, bugs, leaves, pine needles, odors, and other things from getting into the cabin. As with any filter, they need to be replaced regularly.

Aston Martin recommends they be replaced every two years or 20,000 miles (whichever comes first), and I include them in my 2-Year Service Packages and Performance 2-Year Service Packages. However, if you’re more sensitive to allergens, odors, or anything like that, you might want to replace them every year or 10,000 miles. I also offer them on their own if you want to do that.

If your nav screen doesn’t open and close properly, the issue may be the gears in the screen unit. Aston Martin has a repair kit to replace the bad gears, and this DIY shows how it’s done.

Do your speakers sometimes cut out on one side? Try stamping on the passenger footrest. Does that temporarily fix it? If so, chances are the problem is your Bluetooth Switcher. The new, updated unit will fix the problem and is easy to install yourself.

Earlier V8 Vantages and DB9s came with ‘normal’ incandescent interior bulbs that cast a rather un-Aston yellow light. Upgrading to LED map lights drastically improves both the light color and amount of light in the cabin.

Replacing the shift knob requires a bit of work, but can be done with just a couple basic hand tools. If you want to swap out the standard leather shift knob for an Alcantara shift knob or the milled aluminum one from a DBS, this is how you do it.

It’s a bit daunting to replace the steering wheel given how dangerous an airbag can be. But if you do decide to do it, it’s a pretty easy job so you can install a custom-wrapped or Alcantara steering wheel on your own.

Replacing the door sill scuff plates with carbon fiber ones is a quick and easy job. You lose a full 2.2 lbs (1 kg) of weight and give your interior a sportier look.

Anything you need to do to your door starts with the door bars. This DIY guide shows how to remove them, plus how to change swap them out entirely for aftermarket ones.

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