Question about 1995 Geo Tracker
Just need to know how to remove the plastic radio console from a 1998 chevy tracker.
To remove the radio:
Remove the ashtray by raising the armrest cover and removing the two screws at the rear of the ashtray. Slide the ashtray back and then lift it out. Be careful of the two front tabs, as you don't want to break them.
Reach below the wood console, where the ashtray front tabs were inserted. Loosen and remove the two wing nuts.
With a small, long flat bladed screwdriver, pry out the leather shifter surround. The leather shifter surround has a center chrome retaining ring, the leather surround, and then finally a black plastic surround. The chrome retaining ring has 3-4 tabs which are locked in below the leather surround. It depends on the year of the Jaguar. Probably the 95 has three, but maybe four. They should be at the front and rear of the trim piece (2 front and 1 back, or 2 front and two back) but I've seen then on the sides. The point is, you have to be careful with the screwdriver and find the tabs. The screwdriver should be slid between the leather and the retainer. Pull upwards on the retainer gently, and as you loosen the tabs, it will come out.
Remove the leather surround. Once the chrome retainer has been removed, it should be easy to work it out of the console.
Loosen the black trim ring gently as it has tabs as well, but they are visible once the leather trim has been removed. Lift it upwards out of the wood trim and pull it to the side out of the way. You don't need to disconnect the wires, just lay the black trim to the side.
Lift the rear of the wood console trim and gently, gently slide it back and up. It will try to hang on the leather console, and can be difficult. Patience is important, as the walnut on the ski slope cracks easy (really easy).
Once the wood console trim (ski slope) is removed, you should have a row of screws up the side of the center control panel, where the radio and AC controls are. There are four to six on each side, depending on what Jaguar used at the time, as the 95 cars mechanically are somewhat of a blend of the XJ40 and the XJ300. Remove these screws, and note any spacers that were behind them. These spacers get lost quickly, and cause the ski slope to sit awkwardly on the console.
The radio will slide forwards once these screws are removed. Remove the radio harness and the antenna lead. As the books say, assembly is reverse of removal.
Good luck, and let me know if you have questions. If you are replacing the radio, let me know as I have the harness wiring codes and can help you with that as well.
Posted on Jul 01, 2008
Pull off the 3 knobs for the heat controls. You will see a screw under the center knob. Remove it. Look to see if there are any screws near the vent grilles, remove them, if they are there. The whole center fascia then pulls out towards you. Remove the 4 bolts, and the radio is out. Easy.
Posted on Feb 07, 2009
I hope you have this thing fixed but if not you can try this.
First I need to assume the "lock cylinder" will turn with the correct key installed.?
You must turn the lock cyl to the run position. I suggest disconnecting the battery first.
I pull the radio out to gain access to the ign. switch.
If you have a small mirror it will really help to find a small square hole in the top of the "plastic" part, "the ign. switch".
If replacing only the lock cylinder you will NOT need to take the 2 screws out holding the plastic piece to the dash.
You will need a tool of sorts so once to locate the small hole on the top of the ign switch and also have the lock cyl rotated to the run position, you press the tool into the small hole.
Tool--can be about the size of a medium screw driver--but the end will have a bend, a right angle bend and the bent piece approx. 3/8" in length.
You will be pressing down on a button help there by a weak spring, look on the new lock cylinder.
As you press down or inward pullout on the lock cyl.
It's that easy.
After installing the new lock cylinder, if that is what your are doing, you might not be able to start the car.
Most chevys have a chip built into the lock cyl. with a sort of password--if the car doesn't see the right password it wont start.
Question: if you need further instruction please let me know.
If the Lock cylinder does not turn, then the fix has another & different approach but you can do it.
Posted on Mar 22, 2009
UNSNAP PUSH-PIN FASTENERS FROM BOTTOM OF CENTER CONSOLE
AND REMOVE BOTTOM PANEL.
2. EXTRACT 4 SCREWS FROM BOTTOM EDGE OF BEZEL. EXTRACT 4
SCREWS FORM INSIDE DASH BELOW POCKET. PULL CUP HOLDER/
POCKET ASSEMBLY OUT OF DASH AND REMOVE.
3. OPEN GLOVE BOX AND REMOVE STOPPERS. EXTRACT 2 SCREWS
FROM RIGHT SIDE OF CENTER DASH BEZEL..
4. FROM BELOW STEERING WHEEL EXTRACT 2 SCREWS FROM BOTTOM
EDGE OR PANEL, UNSNAP UPPER EDGE OF PANEL, UNPLUG, AND
5. UNSNAP TOP EDGE OR CENTER LOWER BEZEL, UNPLUG, AND REMOVE.
6. EXTRACT 2 SCREWS FROM SIDES OF POCKET.
7. UNSNAP RADIO/AC CONTROL DASH BEZEL, UNPLUG, AND REMOVE.
8. EXTRACT 2 SCREWS FROM EACH SIDE OF THE RADIO BRACKET
ASSEMBLY TO REMOVE RADIO FROM DASH/AC BEZEL.
Posted on May 18, 2009
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