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How to remove center air vent on BMW 323i (yr = 2000)?

I removed the 2 screws on the bottom but don't know how to get it out from here. When I start to pry the edges it seems like it is going to break. Any advice ?

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    What year is your car?



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The top part of the center vent has two jagged edges that lock into the underneath of the dashboard. The trick of course it not to pull it straight out. So imagine do this, use your fingers, try to catch on to the bottom of the vents, and the sides, pull down AND out.

Note that the center vents also catch on to the ducts inside, which of course separates once you have the vents removed.

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Before removing the stereo you need to ensure that the battery's grounding cable is
disconnected from the negative lead. Most BMW models have the battery housed under
the hood while others (a relative few) store the battery on the left side of the
vehicle in the trunk. Use a 10 mm wrench to loosen the bolt holding the clamp of
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