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Radio connections and lights are not working

The center dash contains the radio, heater assembly and lights to illuminate them. I wish to disassemble the dash center portion to get to these problems.

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Check all of your fuses - there are ones that are responsible for the illumination and the operation of them. Next, go buy the repair manual for your vehicle at the auto parts store. Those manuals run about 20 bucks, and they cover quite a bit, from location of parts on your vehicle, to trouble shooting problems, to removal and installation of dashes and other parts and trim on your vehicle. That book comes in so handy that it can not be stressed enough to go buy one for your vehicle when you own one. Not only will it have the answer to most questions and help you solve them, but it will also at least, help you be better informed when you go in for service/repair. And most dash removals are a combination of undoing specific fasteners and unsnapping parts of it. It'll make sense when you look at the book.

Posted on Jan 24, 2009

  • Tha Jeeper Feb 03, 2009

    Oh, and make sure you disconnect the negative cable on your battery when doing anything like removing dash or anything - most manuals will tell you repeatedly to do so because of the concern about your airbag - if equipped - going off accidentally, by itself, when working on anything electrical or anywhere around it.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Removing the heater duct assembly

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Fig. Fig. 2: Removing the heater case assembly

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Fig. Fig. 3: Removing the heater core from the heater case


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