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We slid the cup holder in without realizing that a credit card which we had laid in the compartment above had apparently slid onto the cup holder. It was shoved into the space and causes the cup holder to stick shut, plus we cannot get to the area where the card is. Therefore, we need to remove the cup holder to get at the credit card. How do we do this without ruining the cup holder? And also not ruin the spring mechanism that controls the cup holder locking into place.

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The procedure is as follows:-- Disconnect the negative battery terminal to prevent an accidental short circuit. Unclip the radio trim bezel (upper dash). Remove (4) Phillips screws from the factory head unit, slide the unit out and disconnect the wiring. Remove the ashtray and unclip the trim bezel (lower dash). Remove (4) Phillips screws from the factory pocket/cupholder assembly and remove the assembly. Locate the faceplate supplied with the aftermarket head unit. Place the faceplate into the recessed opening in the Radio Housing. If the faceplate fits easily into the opening with no interference, leave the Housing intact. If the faceplate does NOT fit easily into the opening, trim away the ribs located on the top and bottom of the opening ("A"). Locate the v-cut along the top lip of the Radio Housing. Using the v-cut as a guide, cut and remove the top portion of the Housing . Remove the cupholder from the factory head unit assembly. Slide the cupholder into the bottom of the Radio Housing until the locating pins engage the slots in the kit. (Once the locating pins are engaged, maneuver the cupholder until it is flush with the face of the Housing). Thanks. Keep updated for any more query. You can rate this solution and show your appreciation.

Posted on Jul 07, 2010

  • dar_ted62 Jul 08, 2010

    Being a novice at a repair such as this, some of the terminology is not clear. Is there a drawing available showing these parts, such as the radio trim bezel? Am I understanding correctly that the radio must be removed, along with the part of the housing that holds it in the dash? What is an aftermarket head unit? When you say, "unclip the radio trip bezel", do you pry it out with a screwdriver?



    I haven't attempted anything yet, until I receive a clarification and hopefully a drawing.



    Thank you.

  • dar_ted62 Jul 10, 2010

    After receiving your reply, we requested a drawing identifying the parts being referred to in your solution, but have not received a reply. Are you unable to provide this?

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