Tip & How-To about 2002 Chrysler Town & Country
Whenever you need to remove a piece of plastic from the inside or outside of the van, you should do so carefully to avoid marring the plastic. The use of an inexpensive tool called a bone tool or trim stick can make the job safer and easier.
These can be picked up at most parts stores. Using the trim stick, you can pry the piece up gently from around the edges/corners and then release the clips holding the part by twisting the stick between the plastic and the metal it's attached to. Once you get a portion of the piece loose and can get your hands around it, you can generally reach in with both hands and begin pulling the piece out. Anything that appears brittle probably is and you need to be extra careful.
To put the piece back, especially those around the doors, make note as you remove the piece of how the weather stripping fits in relation to the piece you are pulling - does the weather strip tuck in, go over or under the plastic. Also note how parts overlap each other and take the top layer off first. The piece that goes on top will be the first off and the last one to go back on.
When working around consoles, doors and the instrument panel, look for screws, especially around arm rests and in areas that contact the floor before you begin tugging too vigorously when things don't come free.
Whenever you mess with the dash, make sure you disconnect the ground wire on the battery if you plan to go near the airbags in the steering wheel or in front of the passenger seat.
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