Page 2:      The Dash and Head Unit

Where you want to be: HU molding safely removed

Where you want to be: HU molding safely removed

Here the removed HU molding sits peacefully on the open glove-box lid, flopped over a few inches to the right of it's usual location.
The Head Unit is exposed, and it's four silvery retaining bolts are visible. This is the objective of Page 2.

 

 

2.1:  Dash Molding Removal

The first step is a scary one: screw it up, and it will show every time you get in the car! Fortunately, it isn't difficult, if you are careful. My wife worked the passenger side while I sat behind the wheel, on our first try at this, and it helped. I later did it myself with just the butter knives.

Easy does it: pry one corner

Easy does it: pry one corner

2.1a:   BEGIN by loosening this corner! The molding frame just snaps into place, so loosen it gradually from left to right. See next pic.

Working your way across

2.1b:  Getting that first corner up can be touchy, but once you can get space to slide a DULL-bladed butter knife under it, the flat, stiff blade makes a safe tool for not harming the dash upholstery. Remember to work from the top down, loosening both sides symmetrically!

Working your way across

2.1c:   This is the plastic panel fully loosened. Remember to work from the top down, loosening both sides symmetrically. NOTE that the panel will not fall off at this point, and that the HVAC control module is attached to the bottom section of the panel. It STAYS as part of the panel!

Where we stand now

At this point the entire plastic panel is loose on all four sides. The HVAC controls remain part of the panel. The panel is prevented from coming off by 2 plugged-in wire harnesses. Once again, we work from the top down, in Step 2.2


 

 

2.2:  Disconnect the Emergency Flasher

Flasher cable harness, seen from outside the windshield

Flasher cable harness, seen from outside the windshield

2.2a:   AS VIEWED FROM OUTSIDE, LOOKING THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD: you will notice a while wrapped cable. This is plugged into the Warning Flasher Switch on the panel with a while plastic harness. From INSIDE the car, reach in with your right hand, find the white wrapped cable, and depress the clip at the top of the harness with your thumbnail. The flasher cable and harness will pull away from the panel, and the whole panel can then lean forward.



 

 

2.3:  HVAC disconnect

Loose, but not yet off

Loose, but not yet off

Here the panel is pulled forward, free at the top. The disconnected Flasher cable and harness dangles over the HU.
ALL that is keeping the panel from coming free is the wide white harness with lots of pretty colored wires that plugs into the back of the HVAC controls.
Support the weight of the panel and HVAC control unit with your left hand while you unplug that remaining harness with your right hand.

Where we stand now

At this point the entire plastic panel totally detached. The HVAC controls remain part of the panel. If you wanted to do so, you could put the whole thing on the open glovebox and take a picture like the one at the top of the page. I'd suggest carefully putting it someplace safe until you're done working!






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