Im sure this has been asked lots of times before but I would appreciate some help please. I have an old 1997 P plate 1.7td Astra which has developed 2 faults today. The ashtray/lighter socket bulb doesnt light up and Im assuming the bulb has gone as the socket is fine.

2nd fault, just above the ashtray is a heater 'flap' switch which had an orange illumination on it and this failed at the same time the ashtray bulb did. All other dash bulbs are fine.

How on earth do I get the bulb out from the ashtray fitting and the switch above it..? Is it possible the 2 faults are connected..?

Please help before I go insane........Ive already cut my hand trying to remove the fitting from the rear.

Regards..Vindy.