How do you remove the dash cover that goes over the radio and the AC and heater controls? I have tried to pry it off but am affraid to apply too much pressure for fear I may break it. It looks like it should pop right off. Thanks Ted
There are four screws in totoal. The first two are located at the top of the cover, just under the lip. The second two are at the very bottom under a small grey cover. You need to pry the small grey cover off and you'll see the bottom screws. After you remove all four screws, it'll pop right off.
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The bezel surrounding the radio and heater/AC controls is held on with 6 tension clips. It also has tabs at the top that are held under the adjacent horizontal trim pieces.
Remove the horizontal trim pieces on each side of the radio bezel using a small plastic pry tool. They will pop off fairly easily. Then simply use the pry tool to work your way around the radio bezel and pop it off as well. This will expose the heater control that you need to replace.
If there are coins inside the radio, it can short out the radio, causing all sorts of electrical issues with the vehicle. I've seen this happen before where a kid shoved coins in a radio and it shorted out, it would shut off the dash lights, climate control (heater / ac control), cigarette lighter/12V Power port and so forth.
You may be able to remove the radio and remove the cover/case to clean out the coins, but there could be damage to it by this point. If it is damaged, you'll have to replace the radio.
below the heater control assembly,there is a plastic strip about 1/2in x6in,pry it off with a screwdriver it just snaps in,under that is two screws that hold the center bezel cover on.remove those screws and pull center bezel cover off radio,heater assembly,now you can see the four screws holding radio in just remove them and slide radio out some so you can disconnect wires and ground strap to radio and antenna wire
I just fixed mine. same problem, no ac light no fan. inside the heater control assembly there is a electric wiper arm on the fan switch. This arm connects all power for fan and ac. Mine broke out of the fan control switch. Dash is not too much problem to get out. Have to pull top dash center section out by puching forward and lifting out. pull all screws on center dash counsel. remove radio, two side covers that hide screwsand lower trim that holds emergency flasher switch. remove cables from heater control and wires and remove. Took me about an hour. The code on radio will need to be reset so make sure you have that handy. Hope this helps..
I have a 1995 and 1999 LeSabre and the radio removal is the same on both.
1. Carefully remove the AC vents from the dash.
2. In each of the AC openings are screws that hold the top of the dash trim in place.
3. Starting from the passenger door gently pry off the "wood" trim piece, It is held in place with metal clips and velcro.
4. Do the same as 3 from the driver side (short piece).
5. Remove the remaing screws from the bottem of the dash.
6. Move the Shift knob (requires key) all the way down.
7. Starting at each end of the dash slowly pry/pull each clip along the top of the dash from its mounting hole. Be careful not to crack the silver trim piece on the top of the dash (especially on top of the passenger airbag).
8. When the dash is free tilt the top in towards the car and wiggle it loose around the bottom (over the steering column) and the whole piece should come free.
This gives access to the radio, heater controls, speedo etc.
For the radio - three screws - antenna cable pop out. The harness needs a little more work. If your radio has a security feature (blinking light when car is off) make sure you know the security unlock code. Test the code before pulling the power to the radio.
Turn the radio over and carefully unlock the blue clip at the bottom of the plug. Then work the harness loose.
This sounds much worse than it is - it should take 15-30 minutes depending if you have all the tools close by. BTW those AC vents have a top and bottom - the larger hole goes on the bottom and they snap back in place.
check if there a small hole in each side of the radio, insert a small screw driver in each hole then pull the radio. If no holes , check you dash if there a knobs for a/c remove the knobs there is a nuts hidden under it.