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Remove front dash cover, 2003 cavalier & rep ac control cable

My daughters 2003 cavalier control knob won't go to defrost. i can see the cable in the back and it is bent. i tried spraying wd40 in it and moving it and straightening the cable byt it keeps bending. so how do i i remove the front dash cover on a 2003 cavalier so i can replace the heater ac control cable?

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  • bklynfrat Jan 27, 2009

    I want to change my stereo too, did you happen to take any pictures or have any other advice?

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2009

    i am going to replace my stereo and this is really good information however, what about my airbags? will they deploy? if so, what do i need to do in order to keep them from doing so?

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    Replace the whole part. How do I get dash off

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    cable that connects to covers and top are broke.

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Unfortunately, you can do it, but you will have to remove your entire dash in the process.  It's not really difficult, just time consuming.  You can remove the front dash cover by opening the doors and removing the covers on each side.  They are just clips that hold them on.  Take a flat screwdriver and carefully pry them off. You will then see screws on the side that you will need to unbolt, and I believe there are 2 more screws pointed upwards that you can get to if you open your glovebox.  After those screws are removed, remove the defroster grill in the middle of your dash.  There is just one screw to remove and it unclips.  Now you can pry the entire top part of the dashboard off.  There are more clips holding it on, so just be careful when you do it. After that, you will see a bunch of screws on the top side that you can unbolt and then you will be able to remove the front cover that sits behind your steering wheel. With these pieces out of the way, you can finally unbolt the front cover where your stereo is and get at whatever your trying to get at to fix your defroster/control knob.  
I had to go through all this when I installed my aftermarket stereo.
Good Luck!  

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Reach under the dash from the back. take the cable off of the post.
straighten the wire (the wire feels like a spring. you will have to bend it opposite way plus some to straighten it). put back on post and use knob carefully

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I would like to change my stereo too, did you take any pictures or have any other advice?

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